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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He grew up a thin, consumptive, overserious, pinched little boy, prematurely old,
unsmiling and always in deadly earnest, who soon attracted the attention of his
schoolmasters by his single- minded devotion to literature, and his grim, ...
But it illustrates the beginning of a new kind of social criticism, which searches in
literature neither for ideal 'types' of men or situations (as the earlier German
romantics had taught), nor for an ethical instrument for the direct improvement of
Belinsky created the image of Pushkin, which henceforth dominated Russian
writing, as a man who stood to literature as Peter the Great to the Russian State,
the radical reformer, the breaker of the old, the creator of the new; the implacable
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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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