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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They will be connected in a thousand fashions with the historic ways of life [. . .]
but the basic tone will be set by socialism. The institutions and structure of our
own time and civilisation will perish - will, as Proudhon politely puts it, be
Herzen is more consistently 'dialectical' than the 'scientific' socialists who swept
away the 'Utopias' of their rivals, only to succumb to millennial fantasies of their
own. To set by the side of the classless idyll of Engels in the Communist
What is this goal for which you [Mazzini and the liberals and the socialists] are
seeking - is it a programme? An order? Who conceived it? To whom was the
order given? Is it something inevitable? Or not? If it is, are we simply puppets?
Are we ...
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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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