Penguin UK, 07.03.2013 - 432 Seiten
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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fn2 In the eyes of many Western liberals, the Soviet tyranny was the inescapable
outcome of the ideas and actions of Dostoevsky's 'possessed': the Russian
radical intelligentsia. In the degree of their alienation from their society and of
Thus it came about that, when at last direct Western influence had again
reasserted itself in the form of the orthodox Marxism of the Russian social
democrats of the 1890s, the revolutionary intelligentsia was unbroken by the
collapse of liberal ...
Saltykov-Shchedrin, who belonged to a typical liberal circle of the 40s, says in a
famous passage of his memoirs: In Russia, everything seemed finished, sealed
with five seals and consigned to the Post Office for delivery to an addressee
This wave of liberal indignation confirmed Nicholas in his conviction that, by his
example, no less than by his exertions, he had saved Europe from moral and
political ruin: his duty had at all times been plain to him; he carried it out
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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