Russian Thinkers, Band 7
Viking Press, 1978 - 312 Seiten
The theme that links these essays--written over thirty years--is the phenomenon of the Russian intelligentsia, which Isaiah Berlin describes as 'the largest single Russian contribution to social change in the world'.
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History is plainly not a science, and sociology, which pretends that it is, is a fraud;
no genuine laws of history have been discovered, and the concepts in current
use -'cause', 'accident', 'genius' -explain nothing: they are merely thin disguises ...
Nevertheless, in the presence of genius Belinsky forgot everything. He forgot
Pushkin's coldness, he realised that behind Lermontov's Byronic mask, his
insulting cynicism and desire to wound and be wounded, there was a great lyrical
So, too, Tolstoy maintained that Maupassant, whose gifts he admired greatly,
betrayed his genius precisely owing to false and vulgar theories of this kind; yet
he remained, none the less, a good writer to the degree to which, like Balaam, ...
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In these ten essays Isiah Berlin explains the political thought and philosophy of several prominent thinkers of 19th Century Russia, while illuminating the historical context necessary for their ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
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It should be noted first that Isaiah Berlin knew his material backwards and forwards; the book bears the mark of exhaustive study. Russian Thinkers is a collection of essays on Russian luminaries ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
Russia and 1848
The Hedgehog and the Fox
Herzen and Bakunin on Individual Liberty
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