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Liberty : Incorporating "Four Essays on Liberty"

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 Finally, in an extended preface and in appendices drawn from Berlin's unpublished writings he exhibits some of the biographical sources of Berlin's lifelong preoccupation with liberalism.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

Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 154 x 228 x 22mm | 599.99g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2nd ed.
  • 019924989X
  • 9780199249893
  • 97,866

About Isaiah Berlin

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 He has edited several other books by Berlin, and is currently preparing his letters and his remaining unpublished writings for publication.show more

Review quote

A magnificent and indispensable volume: the best introduction to the most important and enduring of Berlin's ideas. John Gray For anyone wishing to have the essence of Berlin's thinking, Liberty is the volume to have. John Banville, Irish Times 'Liberty not only offers a comprehensive overview of Isaiah Berlin's main topics and ideas, but also enables us to understand the development and relevance of those ideas in the context of his personality. Steffen Gross, Dialektik Practically every paragraph introduces us to half a dozen new ideas and as many thinkers - the landscape flashes past, peopled with familiar and unfamiliar people, all arguing incessantly. It is all a very long way from the austere eloquence of Mill's marvellous essay On Liberty, with which this collection's title seems to challenge comparison; but it is a measure of the stature of these essays that they stand such a comparison. Alan Ryan, New Society 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, Observershow more

Table of contents

THE EDITOR'S TALE ; FIVE ESSAYS ON LIBERTY ; OTHER WRITINGS ON LIBERTY ; AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL APPENDICES ; BERLIN AND HIS CRITICS BY IAN HARRIS ; INDEXshow more