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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Moreover, human beings are said to have rights, in virtue of which they claim a
certain degree of freedom of action. These formulae taken by themselves strike
Herzen as hollow. They must be given some concrete meaning, but even then - if
Of freedom, happiness, justice - fanatical generalisations, mystical sounds,
abstractions. Why is personal liberty worth pursuing? Only for what it is in itself,
because it is what it is, not because the majority desires freedom. Men in general
do not ...
And from this it is inferred that since to ask for freedom from Nature is absurd,
since I am what I am as part of her, therefore, because my relationships with other
human beings are part of 'Nature', it is equally senseless to ask for freedom from
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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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