Against the Current: Essays in the History of Ideas

Against the Current: Essays in the History of Ideas

by Isaiah Berlin
     
 

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In this outstanding collection of essays, Isaiah Berlin, one of the great thinkers of the twentieth century, discusses the importance in the history of thought of dissenters whose ideas still challenge conventional wisdom--among them Machiavelli, Vico, Montesquieu, Herzen, and Sorel. With his unusual powers of imaginative re-creation, Berlin brings to life original

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In this outstanding collection of essays, Isaiah Berlin, one of the great thinkers of the twentieth century, discusses the importance in the history of thought of dissenters whose ideas still challenge conventional wisdom--among them Machiavelli, Vico, Montesquieu, Herzen, and Sorel. With his unusual powers of imaginative re-creation, Berlin brings to life original minds that swam against the current of their times.

Editorial Reviews

Boston Globe - Mark Feeney
Isaiah Berlin was the most esteemed intellectual figure in the English-speaking world. Against the Current may be the most representative of [his] books.
Independent on Sunday - Anthony Storr
A historian of ideas, [Berlin] has no equal; and what he has to say is expressed in prose of exceptional lucidity and grace.
Observer - Keith Thomas
Berlin expounds the ideas of half-forgotten thinkers with luminous clarity and imaginative empathy. . . . exhilarating to read.
Encounter - Goronwy Rees
A most remarkable intellectual achievement. There are few books published in our time which more dazzlingly illuminate some of the most crucial problems of western culture and civilisation.
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"Isaiah Berlin was the most esteemed intellectual figure in the English-speaking world. Against the Current may be the most representative of [his] books."--Mark Feeney, Boston Globe

"Berlin expounds the ideas of half-forgotten thinkers with luminous clarity and imaginative empathy. . . . exhilarating to read."--Keith Thomas, Observer

"A most remarkable intellectual achievement. There are few books published in our time which more dazzlingly illuminate some of the most crucial problems of western culture and civilisation."--Goronwy Rees, Encounter

Boston Globe
Isaiah Berlin was the most esteemed intellectual figure in the English-speaking world. Against the Current may be the most representative of [his] books.
— Mark Feeney
Independent on Sunday
A historian of ideas, [Berlin] has no equal; and what he has to say is expressed in prose of exceptional lucidity and grace.
— Anthony Storr
Observer
Berlin expounds the ideas of half-forgotten thinkers with luminous clarity and imaginative empathy. . . . exhilarating to read.
— Keith Thomas
Encounter
A most remarkable intellectual achievement. There are few books published in our time which more dazzlingly illuminate some of the most crucial problems of western culture and civilisation.
— Goronwy Rees

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691090269
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
11/19/2001
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.22(h) x 1.13(d)

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Mitchell Cohen
This is an exceptional volume by a remarkable intellectual. Berlin's essays are wide-ranging, rich, deeply learned, and elegant.
Mitchell Cohen, City University of New York

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