Liberty: Incorporating Four Essays on Liberty

Paperback | March 7, 2002

byIsaiah BerlinEditorEdited by Henry Hardy

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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 Finally, in anextended preface and in appendices drawn from Berlin's unpublished writings he exhibits some of the biographical sources of Berlin's lifelong preoccupation with liberalism.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 fromwhich some of his most influential writing sprang.

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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 tel...

Isaiah Berlin was a Fellow of All Souls, New College and Professor of Social and Political Theory and founding President of Wolfson College. He also held the Presidency of the British Academy. He died in 1997. Henry Hardy (ed) is a Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford and is one of Isaiah Berlin's Literary Trustees. He has edited seve...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.79 inPublished:March 7, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

The Editor's TaleFive Essays on LibertyIntroductionPolitical Ideas in the Twentieth CenturyHistorical InevitabilityTwo Concepts of LibertyJohn Stuart Mill and the Ends of LifeFrom Hope and Fear Set FreeOther Writings on LibertyLibertyThe Birth of Greek IndividualismFinal RetrospectAutobiographical AppendicesThe Purpose Justifies the WaysA Letter to George KennanNotes on PrejudiceBerlin and his Critics by Ian HarrisIndex

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`These famous essays ... are informed by that radical humanism, in the truest sense of that impoverished word, which has attached Sir Isaiah so closely to such nineteenth century figures as Herzen and Mill ...'Philip Toynbee, Observer