The theme that links these essays--written over thirty years--is the phenomenon of the Russian intelligentsia, which Isaiah Berlin describes as 'the largest single Russian contribution to social change in the world'.
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This consistency, with the tensions engendered by its compound of faith and
scepticism, and the insights to which it led, is the central theme of Berlin's essays
on Russian thinkers. In a number of vivid portraits of individual thinkers, he shows
Isaiah Berlin, Henry Hardy, Aileen Kelly. the intellectual and moral freedom, and
the aesthetic distinction, of true aristocracy. But while refusing, unlike the
ideologists of the left, to sacrifice excellence to equality, he understood, with J. S.
Isaiah Berlin, Henry Hardy, Aileen Kelly. nihilism was a passionate longing to
discover one unitary truth, encompassing all existence and impregnable to attack
. He was thus constantly in contradiction with himself, perceiving reality in its ...
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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
Herzen and Bakunin on Individual Liberty
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