Isaiah Berlin: A Life
Isaiah Berlin refused to write an autobiography, but he agreed to talk about himself - and so for 10 years, before's Berlin's death in November 1997, he allowed Michael Ignatieff to interview him about his past, his ideas, his most intimate memories, and his inner conflicts.
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Liberty was only liberty if enjoyed in some degree of social equality . But he
challenged the whole post - war social democratic tradition by pointing out that
the values at the heart of it – equality , liberty and justice - contradicted each other
Two Concepts of Liberty ' made it clear what liberalism stood against . But it was
less clear about what liberalism was for – that is , how much social justice was
compatible with negative liberty , indeed how much justice was required .
... that people like Rousseau and G . D . H . Cole believe in ( for all their talk about
liberty they prefer these warm - hearted and cosy things to liberty , which is not
particularly warm and not at all cosy ) – does not make liberty identical with them .
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ISAIAH BERLIN: A LifeUser Review - Kirkus
A polished life of the century's preeminent liberal (in the classic sense) philosopher. Just as Berlin's critics complained he never wrote a single-volume magnum opus but only essays, Berlin's friends ... Read full review
Isaiah Berlin: a lifeUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Ignatieff (The Warrior's Honor, LJ 1/98) met and conferred with Berlin periodically over a ten-year period until Berlin's death at the age of 88 in 1997. He also spent hours talking to Berlin's wife ... Read full review