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 was thus constantly in contradiction with himself, perceiving reality in its
multiplicity but believing only in 'one vast, unitary whole'.1 In his art he expressed
an unsurpassed feeling for the irreducible variety of phenomena, but in his moral
And that we are, consequently, never able to decide with certainty which concrete
fact of social life is a component of historical destiny and what potentials are
concealed in existing reality.1 Kolakowski's formulation of this dilemma that faced
'The real is the rational', the new doctrine had said. It was childish and shallow
and short-sighted to attack or seek to alter reality. What is, is, because it must be.
To understand it is to understand the beauty and the harmony of everything as it ...
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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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