Russian Thinkers (Penguin Philosophy) Paperback – 28 Jul 1994
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The enduring vitality of Berlin's characterisation of Russian thought is demonstrated by the publication [...] of a new edition of Russian Thinkers, painstakingly revised and augmented by Henry Hardy ... a series of sparkling and sympathetic essays (Times Literary Supplement) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
The work of Isaiah Berlin (1909-1997) covered a wide variety of subjects, mostly appearing in periodicals and symposia. Apart from Russian Thinkers, Isaiah Berlin's other contributions to Russian studies include his translation of Ivan Turgenev's First Love (available from Penguin) and his Introduction to Alexander Herzen's memoirs, My Past and Thoughts. Sir Isaiah was awarded the Jerusalem Prize in 1979 for the expression in his writings of the idea of the freedom of the individual in society.
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Therefore this book is useful for a liberal perspective on 19th Century Russian thought, but lacks breadth or depth on other strains of thought; most of which were much more influential than liberalism at the time. For a much wider and deeper array of knowledge, I'd recommend "A History of Russian Thought: From the Enlightenment to Marxism" by Walicki, a much better read!
Isaiah Berlin expounds the thoughts of Russian writers of importance like no other
intellectual has managed to do. He has explored the historical roots and consequences
of the Russian thinkers depicted.
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