Penguin Books, 01.01.2008 - 412 Seiten
Required reading for fans of Tom Stoppard s The Coast of Utopia the landmark investigation into Russian history and thought
Few, if any, English-language critics have written as perceptively as Isaiah Berlin about Russian thought and culture. Russian Thinkers is his unique meditation on the impact that Russia s outstanding writers and philosophers had on its culture. In addition to Tolstoy s philosophy of history, which he addresses in his most famous essay, The Hedgehog and the Fox, Berlin considers the social and political circumstances that produced such men as Herzen, Bakunin, Turgenev, Belinsky, and others of the Russian intelligentsia, who made up, as Berlin describes, the largest single Russian contribution to social change in the world.
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Thus we have no doubt about the violence of the contrast between Pushkin and
Dostoevsky; and Dostoevsky's celebrated speech about Pushkin has, for all its
eloquence and depth of feeling, seldom been considered by any perceptive
.]\2 It is this mystical vision that Dostoevsky had in mind when a good many years
after Belinsky's death he said: 'he believed [. . .] that socialism not only does not
destroy the freedom of the individual personality but, on the contrary, restores it ...
Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, despite their open opposition to 'the progressives',
embodied unshakeable principles and remained proud and self-confident, and
so did not become targets for those who threw stones at Turgenev. His very gifts,
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LibraryThing ReviewNutzerbericht - P_S_Patrick - LibraryThing
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
RUSSIAN THINKERSNutzerbericht - Kirkus
What should be done? To the question that hung over 19th-century Russia and dogs the world today, Isaiah Berlin would answer, stand firmly uncertain. Russian-born and Oxford-bred, Berlin has almost ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
Russia and 1848
The Hedgehog and the Fox 2 4
Herzen and Bakunin on Individual Liberty
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