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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writers, a man who believed in the pure and independent nature of art more than,
say, Dostoevsky or Tolstoy, who consciously and deliberately avoided moralising
in his novels, and was, indeed, sternly called to order by other Russian authors ...
For in Turgenev's novels, too, you will find that human problems are not treated
as if they were soluble. Bazarov in Fathers and Children suffers and dies;
Lavretsky in A Nest of Gentlefolk is left in melancholy uncertainty at the end of the
In the violent babel of voices aroused by the novel, at least five attitudes can be
distinguished.2 There was the angry right wing which thought that Bazarov
represented the apotheosis of the new nihilists, and sprang from Turgenev's
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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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