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Against the Current : Essays in the History of Ideas

Against the Current : Essays in the History of Ideas - 79 edition

ISBN13: 978-0691090269

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ISBN10: 0691090262
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Edition/Copyright: 79
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Published: 1979
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Against the Current : Essays in the History of Ideas - 79 edition

ISBN13: 978-0691090269

Isaiah Berlin and Henry Ed. Hardy

ISBN13: 978-0691090269
ISBN10: 0691090262
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Edition/Copyright: 79
Publisher: Princeton University Press

Published: 1979
International: No
Summary

In this outstanding collection of essays, Isaiah Berlin, one of the great thinkers of the twentieth century, discusses the importance in the history of thought of dissenters whose ideas still challenge conventional wisdom--among them Machiavelli, Vico, Montesquieu, Herzen, and Sorel. With his unusual powers of imaginative re-creation, Berlin brings to life original minds that swam against the current of their times.

Isaiah Berlin was, until his death in 1997, a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. He was renowned as an essayist and as the author of many books, among them Karl Marx, Four Essays on Liberty, Russian Thinkers, The Sense of Reality, The Proper Study of Mankind, and, from Princeton, Concepts and Categories, Personal Impressions, The Crooked Timber of Humanity, The Roots of Romanticism, The Power of Ideas, and Three Critics of the Enlightenment. Henry Hardy, a Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford, is one of Isaiah Berlin's literary trustees. He has edited several other volumes by Berlin and is currently preparing Berlin's letters and remaining unpublished writings for publication.

Table of Contents

Author's Note vii
Editor's preface ix
Note to the Princeton Edition vii
Introduction by Roger Hausheer xiii

The Counter-Enlightenment 1
The Originality of Machiavelli 25
The Divorce between the Sciences and the Humanities 80
Vico's Concept of Knowledge 111
Vico and the Ideal of the Enlightenment 120
Montesquieu 130
Hume and the Sources of German Anti-Rationalism 162
Herzen and his Memoirs 188
The Life and opinions and Moses Hess 213
Benjamin Disraeli, Karl Marx and the Search for Identity 252
The "Naivete" of verdi 287
Georges Sorel 296
Nationalism: Past Neglect and Present power 333
A Bibliography of Isaiah Berlin 357

Index 399

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