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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If everything we know about the world comes to us through our senses , how do
we know anything about the contents of other minds ? ... Should one say that it
consisted of fourteen discrete units of sense data , or one tiger ' s skin ? They
The quality he admired in the well - born was the indifference to convention that
went with a sense of being at ease . But how was a Jew ever to be fully at ease ?
Zionism , Berlin always argued , offered Jews one avenue of escape from self ...
He managed these conflicts with a gay , sardonic public surface ; but underneath
, he was often troubled with a sense , if not of tragedy , then certainly of the
inevitability of losing someone or something dear whenever he made a
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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