Sir Isaiah Berlin(1909-1997), Philosopher and political theorist
Sitter in 11 portraits
Philosopher and political theorist. Sir Isaiah Berlin is often considered one of the greatest scholars of his generation. Intrigued by ideas, he argued for a greater understanding of the essential values of civilisation - pluralism and liberty. He was intellectually opposed to absolutisms. Among his best-known works are The Hedgehog and the Fox: An Essay on Tolstoy's View of History (1953); Historical Inevitability (1954), which codified his anti-determinist viewpoint; and Two Concepts of Liberty (1958).
by Bern Schwartz
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