Field: Modern Western Europe
Advisor: Samuel Moyn
Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins primarily focuses on post-World War II transatlantic intellectual and political history. His dissertation is tentatively entitled, “The Other Intellectuals: Raymond Aron and the United States: 1947-1983”. This project seeks to reorient the thought of Raymond Aron – the French sociologist and Cold War champion of liberalism – away from his decades-long critique of the French Marxists intellectual scene. Instead it portrays Aron as an early and perceptive critic of American international relations theory, neo-liberalism and debates over liberalism and the end of history. It also explores Aron’s role in the reception of American intellectual thought into France.
Daniel is currently a consulting editor and regular contributor for The Immanent Frame. His work has also appeared in Book Forum and Prospect Magazine. He currently teaches in the politics department at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) and will be a visiting researcher for the 2014-2015 academic year at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales. He has subsidiary interests in debates concerning theology, secularism and the philosophy of history.
Selected forthcoming publications:
• “Raymond Aron and Germany” The Companion to Raymond Aron (Palgrave: London), forthcoming
• “Why Did Raymond Aron Write that Carl Schmitt Was Not a Nazi?: An Alternative Genealogy of French Liberalism” Modern Intellectual History
• “Piccole divergenze narcisistiche o qualcosa di più? Una riconsiderazione della differenza tra il realismo politico di Hans Morgenthau R. Aron” Rivista di Politica
• Review of Roberto Unger’s The Religion of the Future in La Vie des idées• Review of Dirk Kaesler Max Weber: Preuße, Denker, Muttersohn and Jürgen Kaube’s Max Weber: Ein Leben zwischen den Epochen in Prospect Magazine.