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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Quite early on , it seems , Isaiah was a religious sceptic . In a letter written in 1989
he suggested that his scepticism was of long standing : I wish I could lay claim to
having similar religious feelings or experiences – ever since I persuaded ...
Isaiah remained sceptical . When Isaac Deutscher announced in The Times that
the ancien régime was mellowing , Berlin thought the argument was ' clever
rubbish ' . 25 As he reported to his mother , the Soviet historians were full of
Yet religious scepticism lived happily with religious observance . Wherever he
was in the world on Yom Kippur , he made a point of fasting and going to
synagogue . As long as his mother was alive , he celebrated the Passover every
year in ...
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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