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French Politics

, Volume 7, Issue 3–4, pp 359–367 | Cite as

Stanley Hoffmann: A political life

  • James Shields
Symposium Introduction

Abstract

Stanley Hoffmann is one of the most eminent political scholars of our age – a renowned authority in the study of French, European and world politics over half a century, an influential theorist of international relations, a critical analyst of US foreign policy, and a voice of moral conscience in many public debates of his time. Hoffmann has always asked big questions – and to those questions he brings an encyclopaedic mind that crosses boundaries between politics, history, sociology, law, philosophy, ethics and literature. This brief article highlights some aspects of his life and work, and introduces a symposium in his honour bringing together five leading scholars on France, Europe, international relations and international law – each with an enduring debt to the teaching, writings and example of Stanley Hoffmann.

Keywords

Stanley Hoffmann France United States politics international relations ethics 

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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Ltd 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • James Shields
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  1. 1.School of Languages and Social Sciences, Aston UniversityBirminghamUK

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