Georges Sorel’s Search for Reality
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Sometime in the early 1930's, in parallel and almost simultaneous démarches, the Russian and Italian ambassadors to France proposed to erect a monument above the grave of Georges Sorel, which, they understood, had fallen into a state of disrepair during the decade that had elapsed since his death. The episode is characteristic of the ambiguity that has surrounded Sorel's memory. His mind was a windy crossroads by which there blew nearly every new social doctrine of the early twentieth century. Sorel might well have stopped at this point. He was more than sixty years old, and he had at least two lives behind him. Nor did revolutionary theory and practice exhaust the range of his interests. Classical scholarship, the history of Christianity, epistemology, and the rationale of the natural sciences all provided continuing the suste nance for his restless curiosity.