The Discovery of Chance: The Life and Thought of Alexander Herzen

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Harvard University Press, May 9, 2016 - History - 604 pages
The intellectual Alexander Herzen was as famous in his day as Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. Aileen Kelly presents the first fully rounded study of the farsighted genius whom Isaiah Berlin called the forerunner of much twentieth-century thought. For Herzen, history, like Darwinian nature, was an improvisation both constrained and encouraged by chance.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Who Was Herzen?
1
Chapter 2 Russia and the Romantic Revolution
8
Chapter 3 A Romantic Youth
24
Chapter 4 A Revolution in Science
35
Chapter 5 Science and History
54
Chapter 6 An Education in Method
67
Chapter 7 Science and SaintSimonism
88
Chapter 8 Prison and Exile
119
Chapter 15 Toward Another Shore
322
Chapter 16 View from the Other Shore
340
Chapter 17 The Living Truth
363
Chapter 18 In Defense of Inconsistency
382
Chapter 19 What Is History?
412
Chapter 20 The Polish Uprising
452
Chapter 21 True Nihilism
474
Chapter 22 The Last Years
500

Chapter 9 Awakening
138
Chapter 10 The Discovery of Chance
160
Nature and Time
187
Chapter 12 Man in the Middle
228
Chapter 13 A Conservative Revolution
261
Herzen and Proudhon
289
Epilogue
524
Notes
535
Illustration Credits
583
Index
585
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