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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The Enlightenment philosophes , he told the Bryn Mawr undergraduates ,
assumed that human values could be derived from facts about human nature .
They believed that all men wanted the same things and that these things were
not in ...
If values were in conflict , then liberty ' s priority was procedural . A regime of
negative freedom was the best guarantee of the public discussion of choices that
a free social life required . But this left the justification of liberty trapped in a circle
After Herder , European culture embraced toleration as the recognition of the
plurality of truth and value . Added to ... Sincerity , authenticity , toleration and
variety – these new values formed the presuppositions of modern liberal
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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