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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A corollary of this new frame of mind is the Russian attitude to literature. VII There
may be said to exist at least two attitudes towards literature and the arts in
general, and it may not be uninteresting to contrast them. For short, I propose to
They were witnesses to a mystery; that was the ideal which they were morally not
permitted, by the rules of their art, to betray. This attitude is utterly different from
anything that Flaubert laid down about the fidelity of the artist to his art, which to ...
This attitude then requires to be judged as it would be in life in the first place for
its degree of genuineness, its adequacy to its subject-matter, its depth, its
truthfulness, its ultimate motives. 'I am a litterateur,' he wrote. 'I say this with a
painful and ...
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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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