Liberty: Incorporating Four Essays on Liberty / Edition 1

Liberty: Incorporating Four Essays on Liberty / Edition 1

by Isaiah Berlin, Henry Hardy
     
 

ISBN-10: 019924989X

ISBN-13: 9780199249893

Pub. Date: 05/23/2002

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Liberty is a revised and expanded edition of the book that Isaiah Berlin regarded as his most important—Four Essays on Liberty, a standard text of liberalism, constantly in demand and constantly discussed since it was first published in 1969. Writing in Harper's, Irving Howe described it as "an exhilarating performance—this, one tells oneself, is

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Liberty is a revised and expanded edition of the book that Isaiah Berlin regarded as his most important—Four Essays on Liberty, a standard text of liberalism, constantly in demand and constantly discussed since it was first published in 1969. Writing in Harper's, Irving Howe described it as "an exhilarating performance—this, one tells oneself, is what the life of the mind can be."
Berlin's editor Henry Hardy has revised the text, incorporating a fifth essay that Berlin himself had wanted to include. He has also added further pieces that bear on the same topic, so that Berlin's principal statements on liberty are at last available together in one volume. Finally, in an extended preface and in appendices drawn from Berlin's unpublished writings, he exhibits some of the biographical sources of Berlin's lifelong preoccupation with liberalism. These additions help us to grasp the nature of Berlin's "inner citadel," as he called it—the core of personal conviction from which some of his most influential writing sprung.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199249893
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
05/23/2002
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
299,119
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

The Editor's Tale
Five Essays on Liberty
Introduction
Political Ideas in the Twentieth Century
Historical Inevitability
Two Concepts of Liberty
John Stuart Mill and the Ends of Life
From Hope and Fear Set Free
Other Writings on Liberty
Liberty
The Birth of Greek Individualism
Final Retrospect
Autobiographical Appendices
The Purpose Justifies the Ways
A Letter to George Kennan
Notes on Prejudice
Berlin and his Critics by Ian Harris
Index

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