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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calling Tolstoy - him and all writers, but him in particular, because therein lay his
true genius, his destiny as a great Russian writer; and this he rejected with violent
indignation even during his middle years, before the final religious phase.
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, ...
Beyond all Russian writers, Turgenev possessed what Strakhov described as his
poetic and truthful genius - a capacity for rendering the very multiplicity of
interpenetrating human perspectives that shade imperceptibly into each other, ...
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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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