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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By early 1933 the Depression had thrown Oxford into ferment and Marxism was
attracting the brightest undergraduates . Isaiah himself attended meetings of the
Pink Lunch Club , which brought together all of Oxford ' s donnish leftwingers ...
For all the political interest in Marxism , there was no one in Oxford who worked
on the history of Marxism as an intellectual speciality . In a wider sense , the study
of the history of ideas – let alone socialist ones – barely existed at Oxford .
In a series of letters to The Listener , as well as in private exchanges with Carr
himself , Berlin insisted that Marxist theory put an almost exclusive emphasis on
abstract socio - economic causation and neglected the importance of the ideas ...
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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