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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A corollary of this new frame of mind is the Russian attitude to literature. VII There
may be said to exist at least two attitudes towards literature and the arts in
general, and it may not be uninteresting to contrast them. For short, I propose to
This attitude of mind (which I have deliberately exaggerated) was rejected with
the utmost vehemence by almost every major Russian writer of the nineteenth
century; and this was so whether they were writers with an explicit moral or social
This attitude is utterly different from anything that Flaubert laid down about the
fidelity of the artist to his art, which to him is identical with the proper function of
the artist, or the best method of becoming as good an artist as one could be.
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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
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