Three Critics of the Enlightenment: Vico, Hamann, Herder (Second Edition)

Three Critics of the Enlightenment: Vico, Hamann, Herder (Second Edition)

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by Isaiah Berlin
     
 

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"Isaiah Berlin's main preoccupation was to understand the modern reaction against the Enlightenment. These essays on Counter-Enlightenment thinkers are classics and also illuminate his own ideas about the place of reason in politics. An essential volume."—Mark Lilla, Columbia University

"Isaiah Berlin is among the finest intellectual historians of

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"Isaiah Berlin's main preoccupation was to understand the modern reaction against the Enlightenment. These essays on Counter-Enlightenment thinkers are classics and also illuminate his own ideas about the place of reason in politics. An essential volume."—Mark Lilla, Columbia University

"Isaiah Berlin is among the finest intellectual historians of recent decades. Yet his position is somewhat peculiar: for while he is clearly a scholar of enormous erudition, the characteristic style of his work is closer to that of brilliant conversation than of conventional historical scholarship. His works on Vico, Herder, and Hamann deal with thinkers who were at odds with main currents of the Enlightenment. For anyone with a historical sense, the recrudescence of so many of the characteristic notions of the 'Counter-Enlightenment' under the rubric of 'postmodernism' is striking. The recovery of these ideas is all the more effective for being a critical one: Berlin reminds his readers of some of the unfortunate historical consequences of the ideas in question."—Jerry Z. Muller, Catholic University of America

"Isaiah Berlin's main preoccupation throughout his productive life was understand the nature of the modern reaction against the Enlightenment. These essays on Vico, Herder, and Hamann belong with his other profound and influential studies of the leading figures of what he called the Counter-Enlightenment. But they are also crucial for anyone hoping to understand Berlin's own analysis of modern life and politics, which has received increasing attention in recent years. Anyone interested in Berlin or those he studied will find this an essential volume."—Mark Lilla, University of Chicago

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ISBN-13:
9780691157658
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
11/10/2013
Edition description:
Second edition with a New Foreword
Pages:
576
Sales rank:
1,306,357
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.70(d)

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