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Proper Study of Mankind P An Anthology of Essays

ISBN-10: 0374527172
ISBN-13: 9780374527174
Edition: 2000
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Description: Isaiah Berlin was one of the leading thinkers of our time and one of its finest writers. The Proper Study of Mankind brings together his most celebrated writing: here the reader will find Berlin's famous essay on Tolstoy, "The Hedgehog and the Fox";  More...

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Book details

List price: $22.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 8/2/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 704
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Isaiah Berlin was one of the leading thinkers of our time and one of its finest writers. The Proper Study of Mankind brings together his most celebrated writing: here the reader will find Berlin's famous essay on Tolstoy, "The Hedgehog and the Fox"; his penetrating portraits of contemporaries from Pasternak and Akhmatova to Churchill and Roosevelt; his essays on liberty and his exposition of pluralism; his defense of philosophy and history against assimilation to scientific method; and his brilliant studies of such intellectual originals as Machiavelli, Vico, and Herder.

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. Berlin died in Oxford on November 5, 1997.

Note to the American edition
Foreword
Editorial preface
Introduction
The Pursuit of the Ideal
Philosophical Foundations
The Concept of Scientific History
Does Political Theory Still Exist?
Freedom and Determinism
'From Hope and Fear Set Free'
Historical Inevitability
Political Liberty and Pluralism
Two Concepts of Liberty
History of Ideas
The Counter-Enlightenment
The Originality of Machiavelli
The Divorce between the Sciences and the Humanities
Herder and the Enlightenment
Russian Writers
The Hedgehog and the Fox
Herzen and his Memoirs
Conversations with Akhmatova and Pasternak
Romanticism and Nationalism in the Modern Age
The Apotheosis of the Romantic Will
Nationalism: Past Neglect and Present Power
Twentieth-Century Figures
Winston Churchill in 1940
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Concise bibliography of Isaiah Berlin's writings
Index

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