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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All poetry and art , she said , were a ' form of nostalgia , a longing for a universal
culture , as Goethe and Schlegel had conceived it , of what had been transmuted
into art and thought – nature , love , death , despair and martyrdom , of a reality ...
Isaiah ' s Jewishness made it as evident to him , as it was to Eliot , that individuals
must have secure cultural belonging if they are to be genuinely free . A Jew
whose culture has vanished around him is no longer free to be a Jew . To this ...
Each culture had its own centre of gravity – what Herder called its Schwerpunkt .
It was unintelligible , therefore , to believe that all human societies were stretched
out in a caravan called progress , heading towards the same horizon line .
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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