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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Miguel de Unamuno , the Spanish existentialist , gave a lecture in 1935 ,
maintaining with world - weary eloquence , as Berlin reported to Spender , that
Europeans were ' too oppressed by our history to be able to act , too debilitated
by the ...
It gave no adequate account of why freedom mattered so much to individuals . 30
Isaiah was no controversialist : but he gave no ground on the matter . It seemed
to him that the conflicts that might rage within the self were incorrigible .
What gave his thought its resonance was this sense of his own inner divisions ,
and while Berlin never explicitly carried his own autobiography into his
intellectual work , it was always at work within , pushing him to stress the potential
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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