Isaiah Berlin's Counter-Enlightenment

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As the essays in this collection make plain, Isaiah Berlin invented neither the term "Counter-Enlightenment" nor the concept. However, more than any other figure since the eighteenth century, Berlin appropriated the term, made it the heart of his own political thought, and imbued his interpretations of particular thinkers with its meanings and significance. His diverse treatment of writers at the margins of the Enlightenment, who themselves reflected upon what they took to be its central currents, were at once ...
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Overview

As the essays in this collection make plain, Isaiah Berlin invented neither the term "Counter-Enlightenment" nor the concept. However, more than any other figure since the eighteenth century, Berlin appropriated the term, made it the heart of his own political thought, and imbued his interpretations of particular thinkers with its meanings and significance. His diverse treatment of writers at the margins of the Enlightenment, who themselves reflected upon what they took to be its central currents, were at once historical and philosophical. Berlin sought to show that our patterns of culture, manufactured by ourselves, must be explained differently from the ways in which we seek to fathom laws of nature. Many of the essays in this volume were prepared for the International Seminar in memory of Sir Isaiah Berlin, held at the School of History in Tel Aviv University during the academic year 1999-2000.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871699350
  • Publisher: American Philosophical Society
  • Publication date: 11/28/2003
  • Series: Transactions of the American Philosophic
  • Pages: 210
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Chapter 1 What Is Counter-Enlightenment? 1
Chapter 2 Isaiah Berlin's Enlightenment and Counter-Enlightenment 13
Chapter 3 Enlightening the Enlightenment 33
Chapter 4 Berlin, Vico, and the Principles of Humanity 51
Chapter 5 The Case for the Enlightenment: A Comparative Approach 73
Chapter 6 The Real Counter-Enlightenment: The Case of France 91
Chapter 7 Berlin and the German Counter-Enlightenment 105
Chapter 8 Isaiah Berlin's Joseph de Maistre 117
Chapter 9 Benjamin Constant on Liberty and Love 133
Chapter 10 Berlin's Marx: Enlightenment, Counter-Enlightenment, and the Historical Construction of Cultural Identities 163
Chapter 11 Isaiah Berlin, Alexander Herzen, and Russia's Elusive Counter-Enlightenment 177
Index of Names 193
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