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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Moreover, human beings are said to have rights, in virtue of which they claim a
certain degree of freedom of action. These formulas taken by themselves strike
Herzen as hollow. They must be given some concrete meaning, but even then-if ...
Is this what we mean by moral freedom? Is the culmination of a process eo ipso
its purpose? Is old age the purpose of youth, merely because this is the order of
human growth? Is the purpose of life death? Why does a singer sing? Merely in ...
'The people' do not desire liberty, only civilised individuals do; for the desire for
freedom is bound up with civilisation. The value of freedom, like that of civilisation
or education -none of which is 'natural' or obtainable without great effort ...
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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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