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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For by now it seems inevitable: to think otherwise would upset too much of our
world order. The more closely we relate an act to its context, the less free the
actor seems to be, the less responsible for his act, and the less disposed we are
According to this view, the good, the noble, the just, the strong, the inevitable, the
rational, were 'ultimately' one; conflict between them was ruled out, logically, a
priori. Concerning the nature of the pattern there might be differences; Herder
Opinions might vary as to whether such goals were inevitable -and progress
therefore automatic; or whether, on the contrary, men were free to choose to
realise them or to abandon them (to their own inevitable doom). But all were
agreed that ...
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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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