Russian Thinkers

ISBN-10: 0141442204
ISBN-13: 9780141442204
Edition: 2nd 2008
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Description: Required reading for fans of Tom Stoppards The Coast of Utopiathe landmark investigation into Russian history and thought Few, if any, English-language critics have written as perceptively as Isaiah Berlin about Russian thought and culture. Russian  More...

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Book details

List price: $17.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/25/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 8.00" wide x 5.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

Required reading for fans of Tom Stoppards The Coast of Utopiathe landmark investigation into Russian history and thought Few, if any, English-language critics have written as perceptively as Isaiah Berlin about Russian thought and culture. Russian Thinkersis his unique meditation on the impact that Russias outstanding writers and philosophers had on its culture. In addition to Tolstoys philosophy of history, which he addresses in his most famous essay, The Hedgehog and the Fox, Berlin considers the social and political circumstances that produced such men as Herzen, Bakunin, Turgenev, Belinsky, and others of the Russian intelligentsia, who made up, as Berlin describes, the largest single Russian contribution to social change in the world.

Philosopher, political theorist, and essayist, Isaiah Berlin was born in 1909 to Russian-speaking Jewish parents in Latvia. Reared in Latvia and later in Russia, Berlin developed a strong Russian-Jewish identity, having witnessed both the Social-Democratic and the Bolshevik Revolutions. At the age of 12, Berlin moved with his family to England, where he attended prep school and then St. Paul's. In 1928, he went up as a scholar to Corpus Christi College in Oxford. After an unsuccessful attempt at the Manchester Guardian, Berlin was offered a position as lecturer in philosophy at New College. Almost immediately, he was elected to a fellowship at All Souls. During this time at All Souls, Berlin wrote his brilliant biographical study of Marx, titled Karl Marx: His Life and Environment (1939), for the Home University Library. Berlin continued to teach through early World War II, and was then sent to New York by the Ministry of Information, and subsequently to the Foreign Office in Washington, D.C. It was during these years that he drafted several fine works regarding the changing political mood of the United States, collected in Washington Despatches 1941-1945 (1981). By the end of the war, Berlin had shifted his focus from philosophy to the history of ideas, and in 1950 he returned to All Souls. In 1957, he was elected to the Chichele Chair of Social and Political Theory, delivering his influential and best-known inaugural lecture, Two Concepts of Liberty. Some of his works include Liberty, The Soviet Mind: Russian Culture under Communism, Flourishing: Selected Letters 1928 - 1946, Political Ideas in the Romantic Age: Their Rise and Influence on Modern Thought, and Unfinished Dialogue, Prometheus. Berlin died in Oxford on November 5, 1997.

Isaiah Berlin(19091997) was one of the twentieth centurys most celebrated intellectuals and the author of many books, including Karl Marx, The Sense of Reality, and The Soviet Mind. Henry Hardy,a fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford, is one of Isaiah Berlins literary trustees. Aileen Kellyis a fellow of Kings College, Cambridge and the author of Toward Another Shore: Russian Thinkers Between Necessity and Chanceand Views from the Other Shore: Essays on Herzen, Chekhov, and Bakhtin.

Introduction: A Complex Vision
Russia and 1848
The Hedgehog and the Fox
Herzen and Bakunin on Individual Liberty
A Remarkable Decade
The Birth of the Russian Intelligentsia
German Romanticism in Petersburg and Moscow
Vissarion Belinsky
Alexander Herzen
Russian Populism
Tolstoy and Enlightenment
Fathers and Children
Glossary of names
Concordance to the first edition
Index

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