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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No doubt if we were omniscient we might be able, like Laplace's ideal observer,
to plot the course of every drop of which the stream of history consists, but we are,
of course, pathetically ignorant, and the areas of our knowledge are incredibly ...
'Power' and 'accident' are but names for ignorance of the causal chains, but the ...
we do not; for if we felt their weight, we could scarcely act at all; the loss of the
illusion would paralyse the life which is lived on the basis of our happy ignorance
Tolstoy blames everything on our ignorance of empirical causes, and Maistre on
the abandonment of Thomist logic or the theology of the Catholic Church. But
these avowed professions are belied by the tone and content of what in fact the
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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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