“We look like a bunch of pilgrims gathering to start a pilgrimage to Canterbury.” “You may be right about being pilgrims, but you can’t compare this sweltering place to a fourteenth century English tavern.” We all laughed. In a way the young man was right: four unconnected people had flocked together. First we were sitting […]
Isaiah Berlin Building Letters 1960–1975 Ik las het derde volume brieven van Isaiah Berlin: Building, na Flourishing (1928–1946) en Enlightening (1946–1960). Normaal is er nog minstens één volume te verwachten: van 1975 tot aan zijn overlijden in 1997. Waarom lees ik zijn brieven eigenlijk? In totaal heb ik al 2280 pagina’s brieven van Berlin gelezen, […]
A Mind and its Time offers the most detailed account to date of the genesis and development of Isaiah Berlin’s political thought, philosophical views, and historical understanding. Drawing on both little-known published material and archival sources, it locates Berlin’s evolving intellectual interests and political positions in the context of the events and trends of interwar and post-war intellectual and political life. Special emphasis is placed on the roots of Berlin’s later pluralism in philosophical and cultural debates of the interwar period, his concern with the relationship between ethics and political conduct, and his evolving account of liberty. Berlin’s distinctive liberalism is shown to have been shaped by his response to the cultural politics of interwar period, and the political and ethical dilemmas of the early Cold War era; and to what Berlin saw as a dangerous embrace of an elitist, technocratic, scientistic and “managerial” intellectual and political stance by liberals themselves. At the same time, Berlin’s attitude toward what he called “positive liberty” emerges as far more complicated and ambivalent than is often realized. Joshua L. Cherniss reveals the multiplicity of Berlin’s influences and interlocutors, the shifts in his thinking, and the striking consistency of his concerns and commitments. In shedding new light on Berlin’s thought, and offering a better understanding of his place in the development of liberal thought in the twentieth century, he makes fresh contributions both to understanding the intellectual history of the twentieth century, and to discussions of liberty and liberalism in political theory.
In the period covered here (1960-75) Isaiah Berlin creates Wolfson College, Oxford; John F. Kennedy becomes US President (and is assassinated); Berlin dines with JFK on the day he is told of the Soviet missile bases in Cuba; the Six-Day Arab-Israeli war of 1967 creates problems that are still with us today; Richard M. Nixon succeeds Johnson as US President and resigns over Watergate; and the long agony of the Vietnam War grinds on in the background.
At the same time Berlin publishes some of his most important work, including Four Essays on Liberty — the key texts of his liberal pluralism — and the essays later included in Vico and Herder. He talks on the radio, appears on television and in documentary films and gives numerous lectures, especially his celebrated Mellon Lectures, later published as The Roots of Romanticism.
The Roots of Romanticism Isaiah Berlin Edited by Henry Hardy taal: Engels gepubliceerd door: Chatto & Windus eerste editie: 1999 bindwijze: gebonden isbn: 978-0-701-16868-1 pagina’s: 171 verworven via: Abebooks
Isaiah Berlin John Gray taal: Engels gepubliceerd door: Princeton University Press gedrukt: 1996 bindwijze: gebonden isbn: 978-0-691-02635-0 pagina’s: 189 verworven via: Abebooks I bought this book, which is a study of the thought of Isaiah Berlin, because of my huge interest in Berlin, but also because I have been impressed by John Gray’s Straw Dogs.
The second volume of Isaiah Berlin’s letters, Enlightening, is so much richer than the first one, Flourishing. Of course, he is maturing, the range of his correspondents is widening, many of his ideas about political philosophy and the history of ideas are crystallising. Nevertheless, his style remains the same, his humour, the gossip, etc, all […]