The Sense Of Reality: Studies In Ideas And Their History by Isaiah BerlinThe Sense Of Reality: Studies In Ideas And Their History by Isaiah Berlin

The Sense Of Reality: Studies In Ideas And Their History

byIsaiah BerlinEditorHenry HardyIntroduction byPatrick Gardiner

Paperback | December 26, 1998

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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

Isaiah Berlin's The Sense of Reality contains an important body of previously unknown work by one of our century's leading historians of ideas, and one of the finest essayists writing in English. Eight of the nine pieces included here are published for the first time, and their range is characteristically wide: the subjects explored include realism in history; judgement in politics; the history of socialism; the nature and impact of Marxism; the radical cultural revolution instigated by the Romantics; Russian notions of artistic commitment; and the origins and practice of nationalism. The title essay, starting from the impossibility of historians being able to recreate a bygone epoch, is a superb centerpiece.

Sir Isaiah Berlin was born in Riga, Latvia, in 1909 and immigrated to England in 1921. Berlin's achievement as a historian and exponent of ideas earned him the Erasmus, Lippincott, and Agnelli Prizes. He also received the Jerusalem Prize for his lifelong defense of civil liberties. A Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, he was the auth...
Title:The Sense Of Reality: Studies In Ideas And Their HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:December 26, 1998Publisher:Farrar, Straus And Giroux

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0374525692

ISBN - 13:9780374525699


From Our Editors

The Sense of Reality is an important work by a fine essayist and one of the century's leading historians of ideas. Eight of the nine pieces in this collection have never before been published, and range from realism in history to the history of socialism and the impact of Marx.

Editorial Reviews

"For anyone wanting to understand the history of ideas, this book will be indispensable." -John Gray, The New York Times Book Review"He many erudite, but he is not academic. He addresses his essays to the general reader, and he speaks with such infectious energy that he sweeps us up and carries up with him into territory that had seemed inaccessible. He becomes everyman's guide to everything exciting in the history of ideas." -Robert Darnton, The New York Review of Books"If it were possible to add to a reputation already so considerable, these essays would do it...[They are the works of] urbanity, insight, profound scholarship and writerly elegance." -A.C. Grayling, Financial Times