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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When Berlin met Bowra in 1931 , Oxford undergraduate life was turning away
from the aesthetic towards the political . Hitler ' s successes in the German
elections , the British flight from sterling and the abandonment of the gold
standard , the ...
Negative liberty was the core of a properly liberal political creed : leaving
individuals alone to do what they want ... Positive liberty was the core of all
emancipatory theories of politics , from socialist to communist : for all such
doctrines wish to ...
Berlin had no programme of moderate political reform to propagate ; he was not
interested in enjoying or cultivating active political influence . He had no interest
in policy . The original aspect of his political philosophy lay in his psychology of ...
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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