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Crooked Timber of Humanity : Chapters in the History of Ideas (90 - Old Edition)

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"Out of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made."--Immanuel Kant

Isaiah Berlin was one of the most important philosophers of the twentieth century--an activist of the intellect who marshaled vast erudition and eloquence in defense of the endangered values of individual liberty and moral and political pluralism. In the Crooked Timber of Humanity he exposes the links between the ideas of the past and the social and political cataclysms of our present century: between the Platonic belief in absolute Truth and the lure of authoritarianism; between the eighteenth-century reactionary ideologue Joseph de Maistre and twentieth-century fascism; between the romanticism of Schiller and Byron and the militant--and sometimes genocidal--nationalism that convulses the modern world.

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"Out of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made."--Immanuel Kant

Isaiah Berlin was one of the most important philosophers of the twentieth century--an activist of the intellect who marshaled vast erudition and eloquence in defense of the endangered values of individual liberty and moral and political pluralism. In the Crooked Timber of Humanity he exposes the links between the ideas of the past and the social and political cataclysms of our present century: between the Platonic belief in absolute Truth and the lure of authoritarianism; between the eighteenth-century reactionary ideologue Joseph de Maistre and twentieth-century fascism; between the romanticism of Schiller and Byron and the militant--and sometimes genocidal--nationalism that convulses the modern world.

About the Author

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, Russian Thinkers, The Sense of Reality, The Proper Study of Mankind, and from Princeton, Concepts and Categories, 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.

Table of Contents

Editor's Preface

The Pursuit of the Ideal

The Decline of Utopian Ideas in the West

Giambattista Vico and Cultural History

Alleged Relativism in Eighteenth-Century European Thought

Joseph de Maistre and the Origins of Fascism

European Unity and its Vicissitudes

The Apotheosis of the Romantic Will: The

Revolt against the Myth of an Ideal World

The Bent Twig: On the Rise of Nationalism

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691058382
Subtitle:
Chapters in the History of Ideas
Editor:
Hardy, Henry
Editor:
Hardy, Henry, Jr.
Author:
Berlin, Isaiah
Author:
Hardy, Henry
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton, N.J. :
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Civilization, Modern
Subject:
Modern
Subject:
Western
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
History, Criticism, Surveys
Subject:
History & Surveys - Modern
Subject:
Western x
Subject:
History & Surveys - General
Subject:
Political philosophy
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Princeton pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
v. 18
Publication Date:
February 1998
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 12 oz

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Isaiah Berlin was one of the most important philosophers of the twentieth century--an activist of the intellect who marshaled vast erudition and eloquence in defense of the endangered values of individual liberty and moral and political pluralism. In the Crooked Timber of Humanity he exposes the links between the ideas of the past and the social and political cataclysms of our present century: between the Platonic belief in absolute Truth and the lure of authoritarianism; between the eighteenth-century reactionary ideologue Joseph de Maistre and twentieth-century fascism; between the romanticism of Schiller and Byron and the militant--and sometimes genocidal--nationalism that convulses the modern world.

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