The Crooked Timber Of Humanity
Isaiah Berlin is regarded by many as one of the greatest historians of ideas of his time. In The Crooked Timber of Humanity, he argues passionately, eloquently, and subtly, that what he calls 'the Great Goods' of human aspiration - liberty, justice, equality - do not cohere and never can. Pluralism and variety of thought are not avoidable compromises, but the glory of civilisation. In an age of increasing ideological fundamentalism and intolerance we need to listen to Isaiah Berlin more carefully than ever before.
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Review: The Crooked Timber of Humanity: Chapters in the History of IdeasUser Review - Khalil James - Goodreads
It seems to me that what this collection of essays is saying - and what makes up Isaiah's philosophical legacy - is that cultures attribute different degrees of importance to each of a set of ... Read full review
Review: The Crooked Timber of Humanity: Chapters in the History of IdeasUser Review - Greg - Goodreads
I'm currently reading Alan Ryan's _On Politics_, a new survey of political theory from the Greeks to the present. In the introduction, Ryan states that Isaiah Berlin's essays provide one model or ... Read full review