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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But this is 'idealism', metaphysical 'dualism', secular eschatology. The purpose of
life is itself, the purpose of the struggle for liberty is the liberty here, today, of living
individuals, each with his own individual ends, for the sake of which they ...
To paraphrase another passage, I am not free if you, too, are not free; my liberty
must be 'reflected' in the freedom of others - the individualist is wrong who thinks
that the frontier of my liberty is your liberty - liberties are complementary - are ...
The assumption that all virtues are compatible, nay, mutually entailed by one
another, that the liberty of one man can never clash with that of another if both are
rational (for then they cannot desire conflicting ends), that unlimited liberty is not ...
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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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