IB at Headington House, 1971
Who was Isaiah Berlin?

Isaiah Berlin (1909–1997) was an Oxford philosopher and historian of ideas who made a key contribution to the development of political theory with his 1958 essay 'Two Concepts of Liberty'. More famous still is his 1953 study on Tolstoy's view of history, The Hedgehog and the Fox. Berlin was an original thinker whose works grow increasingly relevant in a wide range of contexts. They also inform our understanding of liberty and plurality, the essential underpinnings of an open society.


 

'The fox knows many things...'
Paraggi, 1972
Enlighten-ment
Jewishness
Russian Thinkers
Music and Opera
Akhmatova
The Soviet Union
Philosophy Don
Israel & Zionism
America
Russia
Sakharov & Solzhenitsyn
Pasternak
'Isaiah Berlin was one of the great affirmers of our time, a man to be admired not only for his intellectual achievements but for his loyalty, his humour, his modesty, his delight in the world and the people in it. He was neither a temporizer nor a meliorist, yet all his thought was directed toward a humane estimation of life and its possibilities.'

John Banville, New York Review of Books , 19 December 2013