chapter  I
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PRELIMINARY OBSERVATIONS ON THE REVOLT AGAINST REASON

THEworkofGeorgesSorelisaforthrightattempttoconvince peoplethatthemostsignificantstatementofpoliticalphilosophy

isonewhichcandidlyadmitsthatquestionsofphilosophyinvolve somecomprehensionofthepoliticsofphilosophy.Statementsabout humannatureandconduct,theStateandSociety,canbeseriously entertainedandutilizedinhumanaffairsonlyiftheyatsomepoint connectupwiththeconcreteexperiencesandabstractfantasiesof mankind.VilfredoPareto,writingatthedeathofSorel,indicates thatitwasSorel'sunyieldingdevotiontotheidealsofsocialscience, ratherthanhisunconsciousflirtationswithmetaphysicalgeneralities thatreallymarksSorelasamanapart.1