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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Herzen's analysis of the facts was quite correct. There was no Russian
bourgeoisie to speak of: the journalist Polevoy and the highly articulate literary
tea merchant Botkin, friend of Belinsky and Turgenev, and indeed Belinsky
himself, were ...
This alone, and nothing deeper or more interesting, is the source of human
megalomania, of all our absurd delusions. Since we are not, in fact, free, but
could not live without the conviction that we are, what are we to do? Tolstoy
arrives at no ...
According to Maistre our destiny lies in original sin, in the fact that we are human
- finite, fallible, vicious, vain - and that all our empirical knowledge (as opposed to
the teachings of the Church) is infected by error and monomania. According to ...
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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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