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Freedom and Its Betrayal: Six Enemies of Human Liberty

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Titel: Freedom and Its Betrayal: Six Enemies of Human Liberty
Autor/en: Isaiah Berlin

ISBN: 0691114994
EAN: 9780691114996
Sprache: Englisch.
Herausgegeben von Henry, Jr. Hardy
PRINCETON UNIV PR

Februar 2003 - kartoniert - 182 Seiten

Isaiah Berlin's celebrated radio lectures on six formative anti-liberal thinkers were broadcast by the BBC in 1952. They comprise one of Berlin's earliest and most convincing expositions of his views on human freedom and on the history of ideas--views that later found expression in such famous works as "Two Concepts of Liberty, " and were at the heart of his lifelong work on the Enlightenment and its critics. Working with BBC transcripts and Berlin's annotated drafts. Henry Hardy has re-created these lectures, which consolidated the forty-three-year-old Berlin's growing reputation as a man who could speak about intellectual matters in an accessible and involving way.
Editor's Preface ix Introduction 1 Helvetius 11 Rousseau 27 Fichte 50 Hegel 74 Saint-Simon 105 Maistre 131 Notes 155 Index 175
Isaiah Berlin was, until his death in 1997, a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. He was renowned as an essayist and as the author of many books, among them "Karl Marx, Four Essays on Liberty" (now included in Liberty), "Russian Thinkers, The Sense of Reality, The Proper Study of Mankind", and, from Princeton, "Concepts and Categories, Against the Current, Personal Impressions, The Crooked Timber of Humanity, The Roots of Romanticism, The Power of Ideas", and "Three Critics of the Enlightenment". Henry Hardy, a Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford, is one of Isaiah Berlin's literary trustees. He has edited several other volumes by Berlin and is currently preparing Berlin's letters and remaining unpublished writings for publication.
"When reading Isaiah Berlin we breathe an altogether different air, and not simply because he was a superior writer. With him we know we are inside the psychological and historical clockwork that turns the hands of modern life... [This book], in a remarkably narrow compass, takes us deep into the crisis of modern political ideas and makes us experience all the contradictions and complexities of our situation. If this is not a political philosophy, or at least a preparation for it, I don't know what is."--Mark Lilla, New York Review of Books "Considering how murky intellectual history can sometimes seem, these lectures are astonishing for their lucidity and power."--Darrin M. McMahon, Wall Street Journal "The most famous lectures Berlin ever gave... [T]hey fascinated and astounded their listeners, quickly turning Isaiah Berlin into a household name. Never before had someone addressed such abstract topics with such fluency and intensity, not reading form a script but speaking directly to his audience."--Noel Malcolm, The Sunday Telegraph "Imagine turning on the radio and hearing a brilliant, immensely erudite man speaking extemporaneously at breakneck pace for a full hour about the ideas of an 18th century philosopher... In fact, the radio audience was treated not merely to one, but six hourlong broadcasts... Now, half a century later, the lectures are finally available in written form, assiduously edited from rough transcripts by Henry Hardy."--Merle Rubin, Los Angeles Times "Berlin's first great public successes remain utterly, indeed inspirationally, absorbing."--Ray Olson, Booklist "Berlin says that people are individuals and have a right to be respected, that liberty is supreme, that we wish for many things in life and must compromise, and that authority is dangerous and power must be under control. And he says what he says in magnificent style. Liberal values are simple truths which are always in danger of being crowded out by philosophical systems."--Stein Ringen, Times Literary Supplement "Berlin sets out to inform, entertain, and defend the Anglo-Saxon concepts of liberty and pluralism against all comers... The language is vivid, direct, playful, learned; the presentation ordered and concise."--Jeremy Lott, Chronicles
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