Liberty (Paperback)

Author: Berlin, Isaiah

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Liberty is a revised and expanded edition of the book that Isaiah Berlin regarded as his most important--Four Essays on Liberty, a standard text of liberalism, constantly in demand and constantly discussed since it was first published in 1969. Writing in Harper's, Irving Howe described it as
"an exhilarating performance--this, one tells oneself, is what the life of the mind can be."
Berlin's editor Henry Hardy has revised the text, incorporating a fifth essay that Berlin himself had wanted to include. He has also added further pieces that bear on the same topic, so that Berlin's principal statements on liberty are at last available together in one volume. Finally, in an
extended preface and in appendices drawn from Berlin's unpublished writings, he exhibits some of the biographical sources of Berlin's lifelong preoccupation with liberalism. These additions help us to grasp the nature of Berlin's "inner citadel," as he called it--the core of personal conviction from
which some of his most influential writing sprung.


Publisher Oxford Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780199249893
SKU 30878950
Format Paperback
ISBN10 019924989X
Release Date 4/10/2007
Dimensions (in Inches) 9H x 6L x 1T
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Sir Isaiah Berlin
Sir Isaiah Berlin was born in Riga, Latvia to a well-to-do, cultured, and liberal-minded Jewish family. His father was a timber merchant who took the family to England in 1921. When Berlin was 8, he witnessed the first moments of the Bolshevik Revolution outside his window in Petrograd. This was one of many significant world events to which he would be tangentially related; he would later play a role in the founding of the State of Israel in 1948, as a Zionist supporter. Berlin studied at Oxford University, where he remained for the majority of his life. In 1932 he was appointed lecturer in philosophy at All Souls College, and taught social and political theory from 1957 to 1967. Following a few years of teaching at the start of World War II, Berlin worked for the Ministry of Information in New York. In 1942 he was transferred to the Foreign Office in Washington, DC, where he reported to Britain on the state of political affairs in the U.S. He also worked for the Foreign Office in Moscow and Leningrad, where he met such literary figures as Boris Pasternak and Anna Akhmatova; both had a long-lasting effect on him. Isaiah Berlin was a prolific reader in many languages, and he was a fast talker and avid lecture. He met a host of prominent figures in his lifetime, including Winston Churchill, Sigmund Freud, Albert Einstein, and Pablo Picasso. He was knighted in 1957.
"For anyone wishing to have the essence of Berlin's thinking, LIBERTY is the volume to have."
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0416
Publisher Oxford University Press, USA

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