Liberty: Incorporating "Four Essays on Liberty"

Liberty: Incorporating "Four Essays on Liberty"


By (author) Isaiah Berlin, Edited by Henry Hardy

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  • Publisher: Clarendon Press
  • Format: Paperback | 416 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 228mm x 22mm | 600g
  • Publication date: 23 May 2002
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 019924989X
  • ISBN 13: 9780199249893
  • Edition: 2
  • Edition statement: 2nd ed.
  • Sales rank: 97,984

Product description

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 Finally, in an extended preface and in appendices drawn from Berlin's unpublished writings he exhibits some of the biographical sources of Berlin's lifelong preoccupation with liberalism.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.

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Author information

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 He has edited several other books by Berlin, and is currently preparing his letters and his remaining unpublished writings for publication.

Review quote

'A magnificent and indispensable volume: the best introduction to the most important and enduring of Berlin's ideas.' John Gray

Table of contents

THE EDITOR'S TALE ; FIVE ESSAYS ON LIBERTY ; Introduction ; Political Ideas in the Twentieth Century ; Historical Inevitability ; Two Concepts of Liberty ; John Stuart Mill and the Ends of Life ; From Hope and Fear Set Free ; OTHER WRITINGS ON LIBERTY ; Liberty ; The Birth of Greek Individualism ; Final Retrospect ; AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL APPENDICES ; The Purpose Justifies the Ways ; A Letter to George Kennan ; Notes on Prejudice ; BERLIN AND HIS CRITICS BY IAN HARRIS ; INDEX