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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With no practical outlet for their energies, they channelled their social idealism
into a religiously dedicated search for truth. Through the historiosophical systems
of Idealist philosophy, then at the height of its influence in Europe, they hoped to
content, to an even higher degree than the 'social' novels of the west. To this topic
I propose to revert later. Lastly, they invented social criticism. This may seem a
very bold and even absurd claim to make; but by social criticism I do not mean ...
committed to the belief that social and moral problems are the central issues of
life and of art, and that they are intelligible only in their own specific historical and
ideological context. I was once astonished to see it stated, in a review by an ...
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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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