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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Before proponents of one-sided visions, conservative or Utopian, possessed the
technological equipment for experiments on limitless human material, it was not
so difficult as it is now to defend the view that one or other extreme vision, ...
For the positive vision escapes them. Tolstoy's language-and Maistre's no less-is
adapted to the opposite activity. It is in analysing, identifying sharply, marking
differences, isolating concrete examples, piercing to the heart of each individual ...
For both spring from an agonised belief in a single, serene vision, in which all
problems are resolved, all doubts stilled, peace and understanding finally
achieved. Deprived of this vision, they devoted all their formidable resources from
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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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