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Publisher Comments:

The fruit of nearly fifteen years of discussion-in person and by letter-between world-famous British philosopher Isaiah Berlin and Dr. Beata Polanowska-Sygulska that sheds considerable light on Berlin's thinking, clarifying some of the central themes of his philosophy.

Review:

"In 1983, Polanowska-Sygulska was struggling with her doctoral thesis on 'controversies about the concept of liberty' when she got every grad student's dream opportunity: the chance to interrogate the subject of her research, philosopher Berlin. From then until his death in 1997, they corresponded through long letters as well as personal meetings, and Polanowska-Sygulska's record of these reveals both a young woman awed by the privilege of such tutoring and the kindness of the elderly Berlin, who was gratified by her interest and also stimulated by her questions, which forced him to re-examine his philosophical arguments. Polanowska-Sygulska wrote numerous articles based on these interactions, and some of them are reproduced here along with the letters and recorded conversations, which are helpfully edited to better reveal their themes, since Berlin often digressed from the topics his protégé wanted to discuss. Even the digressions make for interesting reading, since Berlin was learned but also engaged in the world (the decline and fall of the Soviet Union is a frequent concern), and his responses to then-current events illuminate his ideas. However, only readers who are already familiar with Berlin's ideas and with the course philosophy has taken in the last 200 years will get much out of the book; they will appreciate this portrayal of a generous and brilliant man, but casual readers will first have to read Berlin's writings to understand what Polanowska-Sygulska's conversations add to the picture." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Book News Annotation:

Venerable American social and political theorist Berlin (1909-97), and Polanowska-Sygulska (theory and philosophy of law, Jagiellonian U., Poland) conducted an intermittent correspondence during his last 14 years. The letters published here illuminate his ideas and display a vital engagement on moral and political issues between a man who witnessed the 1917 Russian Revolution and a woman who grew up in Communist Poland.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

Venerable American social and political theorist Berlin (1909-97), and Polanowska-Sygulska (theory and philosophy of law, Jagiellonian U., Poland) conducted an intermittent correspondence during his last 14 years. The letters published here illuminate his ideas and display a vital engagement on moral and political issues between a man who witnessed the 1917 Russian Revolution and a woman who grew up in Communist Poland. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Sir Isaiah Berlin (1909-1997) spent a long, distinguished career at Oxford University, where he was Professor of Social and Political Theory, a Fellow of All Souls College, and founding President of Wolfson College. Among his many books are Karl Marx, Russian Thinkers (including "The Hedgehog and the Fox"), The Age of Enlightenment, and Liberty (including "Historical Inevitability" and "Two Concepts of Liberty").

Beata Polanowska-Sygulska, Ph.D. (Cracow, Poland), works in the Department of Theory and Philosophy of Law at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland, and is the author of two books in Polish on Isaiah Berlin, Isaiah Berlins Philosophy of Freedom and Visages of Liberalism, as well as many scholarly articles.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781591023760
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Subject:
General
Foreword by:
Hardy, Henry, Jr.
Foreword:
Hardy, Henry
Foreword:
Hardy, Henry, Jr.
Author:
Berlin, Isaiah Sir
Author:
Polanowska-Sygulska, Beata
Author:
Berlin, Isaiah
Author:
Hardy, Henry
Author:
Polanowska-Sygulsk, Beata
Author:
Sir Isaiah Berlin
Subject:
Philosophy, modern
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
History & Surveys - Modern
Subject:
Philosophy, Modern -- 20th century.
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Subject:
General Philosophy
Publication Date:
20060231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
317
Dimensions:
9.30x6.30x1.38 in. 1.23 lbs.

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Politics » General
Humanities » Philosophy » General
Religion » Eastern Religions » Philosophy General

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Product details 317 pages Prometheus Books - English 9781591023760 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In 1983, Polanowska-Sygulska was struggling with her doctoral thesis on 'controversies about the concept of liberty' when she got every grad student's dream opportunity: the chance to interrogate the subject of her research, philosopher Berlin. From then until his death in 1997, they corresponded through long letters as well as personal meetings, and Polanowska-Sygulska's record of these reveals both a young woman awed by the privilege of such tutoring and the kindness of the elderly Berlin, who was gratified by her interest and also stimulated by her questions, which forced him to re-examine his philosophical arguments. Polanowska-Sygulska wrote numerous articles based on these interactions, and some of them are reproduced here along with the letters and recorded conversations, which are helpfully edited to better reveal their themes, since Berlin often digressed from the topics his protégé wanted to discuss. Even the digressions make for interesting reading, since Berlin was learned but also engaged in the world (the decline and fall of the Soviet Union is a frequent concern), and his responses to then-current events illuminate his ideas. However, only readers who are already familiar with Berlin's ideas and with the course philosophy has taken in the last 200 years will get much out of the book; they will appreciate this portrayal of a generous and brilliant man, but casual readers will first have to read Berlin's writings to understand what Polanowska-Sygulska's conversations add to the picture." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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