Isaiah Berlin

Isaiah Berlin

The Journey of A Jewish Liberal

Book - 2012
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"This study offers a fresh reappraisal of the philosopher, political thinker, and historian of ideas Sir Isaiah Berlin (1909-1997) from childhood to the height of his intellectual career. It provides the first historically contextualized study of Berlin's formative years and identifies different stages in his intellectual development, allowing a reappraisal of his theory of liberalism. Applying a 'double perspective' that examines Berlin both as an East European Jewish émigré; as well as a British Liberal intellectual, author Arie Dubnov stresses the very ambivalent relation between Berlin's liberal philosophy and his pro-Zionist sentiments"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780230110700
Branch Call Number: 192 Dubnov 04/2012
Characteristics: xiv, 316 pages :,illustrations ;,25 cm.


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Aug 11, 2012

One feels cheated by the Zionist centering of this book.
I'm an unpaided Kremlinologist. If there were trading cards with Marx, Lenin, Turgenev, etc., I'd collect the entire set. Sure, it's an arcane study today, but one of the most interesting!
Let's just say the author is more interested in Zionism than I am, and I feel the loss of Berlin's interaction with Pipes, et al.

Along the way some really interesting sights, though. The possible origins of many of Popper's ideas, and the charge of Metaphysics leveled at Heideggar---quite interesting.


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