The Hedgehog and the Fox: An Essay on Tolstoy's View of History

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Overview

The masterly essay on Tolstoy's view of history, in which Sir Isaiah underlines a fundamental distinction between those people (foxes) who are fascinated by the infinite variety of things and those (hedgehogs) who relate everything to a central, all-embracing system.
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"The Hedgehog and the Fox is not only a fine introduction to Tolstoy's work but also that of Berlin himself."
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Berlin is the paragon interpreter of aspects of the Western cannon.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671207090
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 1/28/1985

Meet the Author

Sir Isaiah Berlin has spent the whole of his professional life at Oxford, where he is now a Fellow of All Souls College. His many books include Russian Thinkers, The Crooked Timber of Humanity, Karl Marx, and Against the Current: Essays in the History of Ideas.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2004

    A small classic

    This is the perhaps the most famous of all of Berlin's essays . Its division of the world's writers and thinkers into foxes who know many little things, and hedgehogs who know one big thing is used as basis for understanding Tolstoy who so much wanted to be one who understood one big thing, hut really was great at seeing the complexity of reality in so many different things. The feeling while reading this essay is that you are suddenly coming to put in order and understand in a new way the whole Western tradition. But like all great and singular, perhaps hedgehog distinctions this one too throws up many contradictions when one really begins to think about it. This does not prevent its being great and stimulating intellectual fare.

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