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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Both dedicated their lives to rebellion against every form of oppression, social
and political, public and private, open and concealed; but the very multiplicity of
their gifts has tended to obscure the relative value of their ideas on this crucial
ideas, perhaps as a kind of ethical substitute for a dying religion, that was not
dissimilar to the fervour with which philosophical systems and political Utopias
had, for more than a century, been acclaimed in France and Germany, by men in
2 Three years later Tolstoy, then dedicated to the ideal of pure art, suggested to
him the publication of a purely literary and artistic periodical divorced from the
squalid political polemics of the day. Turgenev replied that it was not 'lyrical ...
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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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