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Freedom and Its Betrayal: Six Enemies of Human Liberty [Paperback]

Item : Freedom and Its Betrayal: Six Enemies of Human Liberty [Paperback]
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Author Author : Berlin, Isaiah
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 069115757X
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780691157573
Publisher Publisher : Princeton University Press
Pages Pages : 336
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 100071310

These celebrated lectures constitute one of Isaiah Berlin's most concise, accessible, and convincing presentations of his views on human freedomviews that later found expression in such famous works as Two Concepts of Liberty and were at the heart of his lifelong work on the Enlightenment and its critics. When they were broadcast on BBC radio in 1952, the lectures created a sensation and confirmed Berlins reputation as an intellectual who could speak to the public in an appealing and compelling way. A recording of only one of the lectures has survived, but Henry Hardy has recreated them all here from BBC transcripts and Berlins annotated drafts. Hardy has also added, as an appendix to this new edition, a revealing text of Two Concepts based on Berlins earliest surviving drafts, which throws light on some of the issues raised by the essay. And, in a new foreword, historian Enrique Krauze traces the origin of Berlins idea of negative freedom to his rejection of the notion that the creation of the State of Israel left Jews with only two choices: to emigrate to Israel or to renounce Jewish identity.

Isaiah Berlin(1909-1997) was one of the leading intellectual historians of the twentieth century and the founding president of Wolfson College, University of Oxford. His many books includeThe Hedgehog and the Fox,The Crooked Timber of Humanity, andThe Roots of Romanticism(all Princeton). When reading Isaiah Berlin we breathe an altogether different air, and not simply because he was a superior writer. With him we know we are inside the psychological and historical clockwork that turns the hands of modern political life. . . . [This book], in a remarkably narrow compass, takes us deep into the crisis of modern political ideas and makes us experience all the contradictions and complexities of our situation. If this is not a political philosophy, or at least a preparation for it, I don't know what is. ---Mark Lilla,New York Revielú2

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