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Berlin, Isaiah 1909-1997

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Against the current : essays in the history of ideas by Isaiah Berlin( Book )

180 editions published between 1973 and 2013 in 8 languages and held by 4,069 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Argues that the "great goods" of human aspiration - liberty, justice, equality - are not coherent and never can be. Sir Isaiah Berlin is a historian of ideas
The age of enlightenment : the 18th century philosophers, selected, with introduction and interpretive commentary by Isaiah Berlin( Book )

94 editions published between 1956 and 1984 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents commentaries on, and selections from, the basic writings of the brilliant philosophers Berkeley, Locke, Hume and others -- men who believed that science's achievements in the material world could be translated into philosophical terms. The challenging ideas of these great thinkers -- and their equally great critics -- remain the classical foundation of liberal humanism and rationalism in the West, so unparalleled for their lucidity, courage, hatred of darkness, and love of truth, that they are of vital interest to men and women today
Russian thinkers by Isaiah Berlin( Book )

80 editions published between 1977 and 2008 in 7 languages and held by 2,133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Isaiah Berlin witnessed the excesses of the Russian Revolution as a child. In becoming one of the key liberal intellects of the last century he made some of his most important contributions on Russian thought and the idea of freedom. In the ten essays gathered here, Berlin addresses the great Russian minds of the nineteenth century - Herzen, Bakunin, Belinsky, Tolstoy and Turgenev - as well as exploring the political and social revolutions they inspired and responded to. Berlin himself describes this extraordinary outpouring of ideas as 'the largest single Russian contribution to social change in the world'." "This new edition, specially prepared for Penguin Classics, has been completely reset with an expanded index and new editorial apparatus, including a glossary of names. Aileen Kelly's introduction shows how Berlin, in combining the pragmatism of English liberalism and the aspirations of European idealism, revealed that it is through men's moral ideals that they may become free of tyranny."--Jacket
Four essays on liberty by Isaiah Berlin( Book )

118 editions published between 1969 and 2011 in 11 languages and held by 1,944 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The hedgehog and the fox; an essay on Tolstoy's view of history by Isaiah Berlin( Book )

89 editions published between 1953 and 2014 in English and Spanish and held by 1,850 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This essay on Tolstoy underlines a fundamental distinction between those people (foxes) who are fascinated by the infinite variety of things and those (hedgehogs) who relate everything to a central, all-embracing system. The author observes that while Tolstoy longed for a unitary vision, his perception of people, things, and the moments of history was so acute that he could not stop himself from writing as he saw, felt, and understood. He was by nature a fox who wanted to be a hedgehog
The roots of romanticism by Isaiah Berlin( Book )

74 editions published between 1999 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 1,655 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the century's most influential philosophers assesses a movement that changed the course of history in this unedited transcript of his 1965 Mellon lecture series. "Exhilaratingly thought-provoking".--"Times London."
Personal impressions by Isaiah Berlin( Book )

61 editions published between 1980 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,552 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This collection contains Isaiah Berlin's appreciations of seventeen people of unusual distinction in the intellectual or political world - sometimes both. The names of many of them are familiar - Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Chaim Weizmann, Albert Einstein, and others. With the exception of Roosevelt, he met them all and knew many of them well. For this expanded edition, four new portraits have been added - including those of Virginia Woolf and Edmund Wilson. This volume also contains a vivid and moving account of Berlin's meetings in Russia with Boris Pasternak and Anna Akhmatova in 1945 and 1956. Perhaps the most fascinating of these "personal impressions" is found in the new epilogue, where Berlin describes the three strands of his own personality: Russian, English, and Jewish."--Jacket
Men of ideas by Bryan Magee( Book )

8 editions published between 1978 and 1982 in English and held by 1,397 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fifteen dialogues drawn from the highly acclaimed BBC series review the tenets and theories of moral philosophy, political philosophy, the philosophy of language, and the philosophy of science
Concepts and categories : philosophical essays by Isaiah Berlin( Book )

56 editions published between 1978 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,386 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume of Isaiah Berlin's essays presents the sweep of his contributions to philosophy from his early participation in the debates surrounding logical positivism to his later work, which more evidently reflects his life-long interest in political theory, the history of ideas, and the philosophy of history. Here Berlin describes his view of the nature of philosophy, and of its main task: to uncover the various models and presuppositions - the concepts and categories - that men bring to their existence, and that help form that existence. Throughout, his writing is informed by his intense consciousness of the plurality of values, the nature of historical understanding, and of the fragility of human freedom in the face of rigid dogma."--Jacket
Vico and Herder : two studies in the history of ideas by Isaiah Berlin( Book )

38 editions published between 1976 and 1992 in 4 languages and held by 1,179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the first section of the book Isaiah Berlin studies the philosophical ideas of Giovanni Battista Vico, a profound and original thinker, who, after being overshadowed by Montesquieu, has been rediscovered at intervals ever since, but has even more to say to the present age than to his own. Johann Gottfried Herder, the subject of the second study, although commonly regarded as the father of European nationalism, originated three perhaps equally influential currents of thought: populism; the idea of artistic commitment and of art as the voice of its time and social milieu; and the idea of the autonomy of cultures and the equal validity of many dissimilar systems of values
The proper study of mankind : an anthology of essays by Isaiah Berlin( Book )

37 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,070 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of Isaiah Berlin's essays
The sense of reality : studies in ideas and their history by Isaiah Berlin( Book )

32 editions published between 1996 and 1999 in English and French and held by 1,039 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Isaiah Berlin's The Sense of Reality at last makes available an important body of previously unknown work by one of our leading historians of ideas and one of the finest essayists writing in English. Eight of the nine pieces included here are published for the first time, and their range is characteristically wide. The subjects explored include realism in history, judgment in politics, the history of socialism, the nature and impact of Marxism, the radical cultural revolution instigated by the Romantics, Russian notions of artistic commitment, and the origins and practice of nationalism. The title essay, starting from the impossibility of historians being able to re-create a bygone epoch, is a superb centerpiece. -- Publisher description
Freedom and its betrayal : six enemies of human liberty by Isaiah Berlin( Book )

36 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and Chinese and held by 1,002 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Isaiah Berlin's celebrated radio lectures on six formative anti-liberal thinkers were broadcast by the BBC in 1952. They are published here for the first time, fifty years later. They comprise one of Berlin's earliest and most convincing expositions of his views on human freedom and on the history of ideas - views that later found expression in such famous works as "Two concepts of Liberty," and were at the heart of his lifelong work on the Enlightenment and its critics. Working with BBC transcripts and Berlin's annotated drafts, Henry Hardy has recreated these lectures, which consolidated the forty-three-year-old Berlin's growing reputation as a man who could speak about intellectual matters in an accessible and involving way." "In his examination of sometimes complex ideas, Berlin demonstrates that a balanced understanding and a resilient defense of human liberty depend on learning both from the errors of freedom's alleged defenders and from the dark insights of its avowed antagonists. This book throws light on the early development of Berlin's most influential ideas, and supplements his already published writings with fuller treatments of Helvetius, Rousseau, Fichte, Hegel, and Saint-Simon, with the ultraconservative Maistre bringing up the rear." "These thinkers gave to freedom a new dimension of power - power that, Berlin argues, has historically brought about less, not more, individual liberty." "These lectures show Berlin at his liveliest and most torrentially spontaneous, testifying to his talents as a teacher of rare brilliance and impact. Listeners tuned in expectantly each week to the hour-long broadcasts and found themselves mesmerized by Berlin's astonishingly fluent extempore style. One listener, a leading historian of ideas who was then a schoolboy, was to recount that the lectures "excited me so much that I sat, for every talk, on the floor beside the wireless, taking notes." This excitement is at last recreated here for all to share."--Jacket
Historical inevitability by Isaiah Berlin( Book )

50 editions published between 1953 and 1980 in 3 languages and held by 963 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays on J.L. Austin( Book )

11 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 826 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The power of ideas by Isaiah Berlin( Book )

34 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and held by 826 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The essays collected in this new volume reveal Isaiah Berlin at his most lucid and accessible. He was constitutionally incapable of writing with the opacity of the specialist, but these shorter, more introductory pieces provide the perfect starting-point for the reader new to his work. Those who are already familiar with his writing will also be grateful for this further addition to his collected essays. The connecting theme of these essays, as in the case of earlier volumes, is the crucial social and political role--past, present and future--of ideas, and of their progenitors. A rich variety of subject-matters is represented--from philosophy to education, from Russia to Israel, from Marxism to romanticism--so that the truth of Heine's warning is exemplified on a broad front. It is a warning that Berlin often referred to, and provides an answer to those who ask, as from time to time they do, why intellectual history matters. -- Book jacket
Karl Marx, his life and environment by Isaiah Berlin( Book )

54 editions published between 1939 and 1960 in 4 languages and held by 824 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Isaiah Berlin's compelling portrait of the father of socialism has long been considered a classic of modern scholarship and the best short account written of Marx's life and thought. It provides a penetrating, lucid, and comprehensive introduction to Marx as theorist of the socialist revolution, illuminating his personality and ideas, and concentrating on those which have historically formed the central core of Marxism as a theory and practice. Berlin goes on to present an account of Marx's life as one of the most influential and incendiary social philosophers of the twentieth century and depicts the social and political atmosphere in which Marx wrote
A month in the country : a comedy in five acts by Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev( Book )

8 editions published between 1981 and 1983 in English and held by 785 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Tom Birkin, a veteran of the Great War and a broken marriage, arrives in the remote Yorkshire village of Oxgodby to restore a recently discovered medieval mural in the local church. Living in the bell tower, surrounded by the resplendent countryside of high summers, and laboring each day to uncover an anonymous painter's extraordinary depiction of the apocalypse, Birkin finds that he himself has been restored to a new, and hopeful, attachment to life."--Page 4 of cover
Political ideas in the romantic age : their rise and influence on modern thought by Isaiah Berlin( Book )

22 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 166 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"'I was exhausted at the end, & yet I am sure that if ever I saw & heard anyone in a true state of inspiration it was then.' So wrote Isaiah Berlin's secretary Lelia Brodersen to a friend in 1952, after hearing one of Berlin's Mary Flexner Lectures at Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania. "Political Ideas in the Romantic Age", written in preparation for these lectures, was heavily revised by Berlin afterwards, though he never brought it to final published form. But it is a work of the greatest interest, both for what Berlin says about his subject and for what it tells us about his own intellectual development. It is the only text he ever wrote in which he laid out in one connected account most of his key insights about the history of ideas in the period which he made his own - the 'romantic age' - the bridge between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries." "Written in Berlin's characteristically accessible style, the book also contains much that is not to be found elsewhere in his writings. It is also the mine from which he quarried a number of his best-known later publications, including 'Two Concepts of Liberty', 'Historical Inevitability' and his essays on Vico and Herder." "The often problematic script left by Berlin has been edited for publication by Henry Hardy. Joshua L. Cherniss contributed an introduction which sets the book in the context in Berlin's life and work."--Jacket
Conversations with Isaiah Berlin by Isaiah Berlin( Book )

26 editions published between 1990 and 2008 in 7 languages and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A celebrated master of the spoken as well as the written word, Isaiah Berlin here gives us a rare memoir in the form of a dialogue. Isaiah Berlin is renowned the world over for his analysis of the ideas that have influenced or transformed societies. He has a deep commitment to liberty and pluralism, and has devoted the half century and more of his professional life as a teacher and lecturer to exploring the conditions that allow these ideals to flourish, and those that threaten them. Berlin here intersperses insights into the development of his ideas and political philosophy with rich personal reminiscences. He discusses Machiavelli, Marx, Vico, Herder, and Herzen, among others, and their influence over him. As he leads us from Petrograd to Oxford, Washington, Moscow, London, and Jerusalem, he speaks of his friends and contemporaries: W.H. Auden, Stephen Spender, Igor Stravinsky, A.J. Ayer, Bertrand Russell, and many others. He tells of his moving encounters with Anna Akhmatova, Boris Pasternak, and Chaim Weizmann, and of his passion for music and literature. Frank and engaging, Conversations with Isaiah Berlin is a remarkable record of one of the great intellectual odysseys of our time
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Four essays on liberty
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Berlins, Jesaja 1909-1997

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Берлин, Исайя

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בערלין, ישעיה 1909-1997

ברלין, ישעיה 1909-1997

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ברלין, ישעיהו 1909-1997

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إيزايا برلين، 1909-1997

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برلين، آيزايا

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برلين، إيسيا، 1909-1997

벌린, 이사야 1909-1997

벨린, I. 1909-1997

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バーリン, I

バーリン, アイザィア

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The age of enlightenment : the 18th century philosophers, selected, with introduction and interpretive commentaryRussian thinkersFour essays on libertyThe hedgehog and the fox; an essay on Tolstoy's view of historyThe roots of romanticismPersonal impressionsConcepts and categories : philosophical essaysThe proper study of mankind : an anthology of essays