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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There is no guarantee that things will happen in one way rather than another.
The death of a single human being is no less absurd and unintelligible than the
death of the entire human race; it is a mystery that we accept, and with which
there is ...
The fundamental thesis which emerges at this time, and is then developed
throughout his later life with marvellous poetry and imagination, is the terrible
power over human lives of ideological abstractions (I say poetry advisedly; for as
Nature, he declares (perhaps under the influence of Schiller), is careless of
human beings and their needs, and crushes them heedlessly. Has history a plan,
a libretto? If it did 'it would lose all interest, become . . . boring, ludicrous'. There
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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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