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  1. says:

    How I wish Berlin had written a novel I loved his style and his elouence it made this complex matter so much appealing This is I gather one of the most important books for the history of ideas since it describes so accurately the philosophicalethical and political notions developed in Russia in the tumultuous 19th century; the different as

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    Describe don't explain Though Wittgenstein perhaps wrote those words while discussing the epistemological value of science one has to read Isaia

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    A classic but at this distance I found it overly vivid and viewpointy Probably because I didn’t see eye to eye with his portraits or want to recognise his Turgenev his Dostoevsky Funnily Aileen M Kelly sent me to Isaiah Berlin of whom she is follower in Russian intellectual history; and she explains his great importance in the historiogr

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    This collection includes what is arguably Berlin’s most famous essay The Hedgehog and the Fox The uotation from which the title is taken is usually attributed falsely “There is a line among the fragments of the Greek poet Archilochus which says ‘The fox knows many things but the hedgehog knows one big thing’” I suspect

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    Without any doubt a superlative book by any measure I can think of no better introduction to the origins of the Russian intelligensia none but then I've not yet read Mark Raeff's book Nonetheless in a series of justly praised essays Berlin gives his account necessarily hints outlines rather than presents a sustained comprehensive account Sir Isaiah preferred to record his thoughts in essays and lectures rather than in su

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    I bought this book on a whim but it turned out to be one of the best non fiction books I've ever read Russian intellectuals of the 19th century have a lot to say that's very relevant in 2020 especially to people like me who have a conflicted relationship with capitalism and sympathize with the far left but feel

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    Russian Thinkers is a classic work on Russian literature and ideas Included in this excellent collection of essays Isaiah Berlin has a fascinating essay The Hedgehog and the Fox In this essay Berlin uses the distinction found in a fragment of the poet Archilocus that argues that there are two types of thinkers Hedgehogs who know one big thin

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    If one reads only two books to understand Russian thought Berlin's should be one of them Berlin's essays line up Russian liberal intelligentsia for close dazzling and critical examination Herzen Bakunin Belinsky Turgenev and most of all Tolsto

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    Tom Stoppard brought this classic back into vogue when he cited it as inspiration for his recent epic The Coast of Utopia Thrilling incandescent writing Even if you only read The Hedgehog and the Fox the most celebrated essay in this justly celebrated collection Isaiah Berlin's dazzling book deserves a place in your library The subject of Hedgehog is Tolstoy's inability to forge a scientific theory of history but Berlin ranges e

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    Do his insights really penetrate or is it just the supremely self assured prose? No they do Amazing essay on Tolstoy even if a Tolstoy I barely recognize an incurable love of the concrete the empirical the verifiable and an instinctive distrust of the abstract the impalpable the supernatural – in short an early tendency to a scientific and

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review Ó PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ó Isaiah Berlin

The theme that links the essays in this book written over 30 years is the phenomenon of the Russian intelligentsia which Isaiah Berlin describes as the largest single Russian contribution to. A classic but at this distance I found it overly vivid and viewpointy Probably because I didn t see eye to eye with his portraits or want to recognise his Turgenev his Dostoevsky Funnily Aileen M Kelly sent me to Isaiah Berlin of whom she is follower in Russian intellectual history and she explains his great importance in the historiography as a solitary figure against the tides of his day yet she didn t mention how different in the end her understandings of these thinkers are Her portraits Toward Another Shore Russian Thinkers Between Necessity and Chance were persuasive to me and weighed I think with balance Perhaps she also learnt to value prose style from Berlin because his is splendid and I had been struck by hers Echoes Of The Empire The Mixed Voices Of A Colonial Past years is the phenomenon of the Russian intelligentsia which Isaiah Berlin describes as the largest single Russian contribution to. A classic but at this distance I found it overly vivid and viewpointy Probably because I didn t see eye to eye with his portraits or want to recognise his Turgenev his Dostoevsky Funnily Aileen M Kelly sent me to Isaiah Berlin of whom she is follower in Russian intellectual history and she explains his great importance in the historiography as a solitary figure against the tides of his day The Archetype Of Initiation yet she didn t mention how different in the end her understandings of these thinkers are Her portraits Toward Another Shore Russian Thinkers Between Necessity and Chance were persuasive to me and weighed I think with balance Perhaps she also learnt to value prose style from Berlin because his is splendid and I had been struck by hers

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Russian Thinkers

Social change in the world ContentsIntroduction A Complex Vision by Aileen Kelly Russia and 1848 The Hedgehog and the Fox Herzen and Bakunin on Individual Liberty A Remarkable Decade I The. Without any doubt a superlative book by any measure I can think of no better introduction to the origins of the Russian intelligensia none but then I ve not yet read Mark Raeff s book Nonetheless in a series of justly praised essays Berlin gives his account necessarily hints outlines rather than presents a sustained comprehensive account Sir Isaiah preferred to record his thoughts in essays and lectures rather than in sustained narratives of which he wrote a few What is most impressive about his writing is his writing entirely precise engaging and beautiful Such clarity such intelligent summaries and penetrating insightful conclusions I only wish that he had written the book for which the essays in this collection could have provided a very solid foundation I only wish his lectures and essays had filled another 500 pagesThere s no doubt about the hero of it all Alexander HerzenAll in all one could collate material from all the essays arrange it in a roughly chronological seuence and begin to develop an narrative of one s own uite a contribution The Conductor yet read Mark Raeff s book Nonetheless in a series of justly praised essays Berlin gives his account necessarily hints outlines rather than presents a sustained comprehensive account Sir Isaiah preferred to record his thoughts in essays and lectures rather than in sustained narratives of which he wrote a few What is most impressive about his writing is his writing entirely precise engaging and beautiful Such clarity such intelligent summaries and penetrating insightful conclusions I only wish that he had written the book for which the essays in this collection could have provided a very solid foundation I only wish his lectures and essays had filled another 500 pagesThere s no doubt about the hero of it all Alexander HerzenAll in all one could collate material from all the essays arrange it in a roughly chronological seuence and begin to develop an narrative of one s own uite a contribution

review Ó PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ó Isaiah Berlin

Birth of the Russian IntelligentsiaII German Romanticism in Petersburg and MoscowIII Vissarion BelinskyIV Alexander Herzen Russian Populism Tolstoy and Enlightenment Fathers and ChildrenInde. Russian Thinkers is a classic work on Russian literature and ideas Included in this excellent collection of essays Isaiah Berlin has a fascinating essay The Hedgehog and the Fox In this essay Berlin uses the distinction found in a fragment of the poet Archilocus that argues that there are two types of thinkers Hedgehogs who know one big thing and foxes who know many things Berlin goes on to categorize the great thinkers of the ages into groups based on this distinction Hedgehogs like Dante Plato Lucretius Pascal and Dostoevsky versus foxes like Shakespeare Herodotus Aristotle Goethe and Balzac He goes on to attempt to classify Tolstoy and analyze his view of history It is a worthy task and I will recommend to all that they read the essay and decide for themselves what Berlin succeeds in accomplishing with all his analysis It is essays like this one that document the seriousness of the thought of Isaiah Berlin This collection of essays also include discussion of other Russian luminaries including Alexander Herzen Belinsky Tolstoy Bakunin and the populists including Chernyshevsky Four essays in particular document the birth and development of the Russian Intelligentsia in the Nineteenth Century These provide a valuable introduction to ideas that eventually after much development led to the ultimate demise of Czarist Russia and the Bolshevik Revolution Combined with Berlin s insight into literary writers like Turgenev the result is a magnificent tome both a rewarding and delightful collection of essays