Stanley Hoffmann: a political life: a political life

James G. Shields

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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 encyclopedic 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 honor 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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)359-367
Number of pages9
JournalFrench Politics
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 29 Dec 2009


  • Stanley Hoffmann
  • France
  • United States
  • politics
  • international relations
  • ethics


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