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Liberty: Incorporating Four Essays on Liberty

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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 Finally, in an extended preface and in appendices drawn from Berlin's unpublished writings, he exhibits some of the biographical sources of Berlin's lifelong preoccupation with liberalism.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.

About the Author

Isaiah Berlin was a Fellow of All Souls and New College, Professor of Social and Political Theory, and founding President of Wolfson College. He also held the Presidency of the British Academy. He died in 1997. Henry Hardy is a Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford, and is one of Isaiah Berlin's Literary Trustees. He has edited several other books by Berlin, and is currently preparing his letters and his remaining unpublished writings for publication.

Table of Contents

The Editor's Tale

Five Essays on Liberty

Introduction

Political Ideas in the Twentieth Century

Historical Inevitability

Two Concepts of Liberty

John Stuart Mill and the Ends of Life

From Hope and Fear Set Free

Other Writings on Liberty

Liberty

The Birth of Greek Individualism

Final Retrospect

Autobiographical Appendices

The Purpose Justifies the Ways

A Letter to George Kennan

Notes on Prejudice

Berlin and his Critics by Ian Harris

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199249893
Editor:
Hardy, Henry
Author:
Hardy, Henry
Editor:
Hardy, Henry, Jr.
Author:
null, Henry
Author:
Berlin, Isaiah
Author:
null, Isaiah
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Location:
Oxford
Subject:
Political
Subject:
History & Theory
Subject:
Liberty
Subject:
Liberalism
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Civil Rights
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
Politics | Political Theory | Political Philosophy
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
no. 68
Publication Date:
20020531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4 halftones
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
6.2 x 9.2 x 0.8 in 0.8 lb

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