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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The French writers of the nineteenth century on the whole believed that they were
purveyors. They thought that an intellectual or an artist had a duty to himself and
to the public- to produce as good an object as possible. If you were a painter, ...
The mere fact that Turgenev was an artist to his marrow-bones, and understood
the universal aspects of human character or predicament, need not blind us to
the fact that he fully accepted his duty as a writer to speak the objective truth -
Only our literature, in spite of a barbarous j , censorship, shows signsoTTiifeartd
forward movement. That is why the calling" of the writer is so honoured among us
, why even a small literary gift makes for success; that is why the profession of ...
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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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