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Berlin, The Crooked Timber of Humanity: Chapters in the History of Ideas.

Berlin, Isaiah. The Crooked Timber of Humanity: Chapters in the History of Ideas. Edited by Henry Hardy. New York, Vintage Books, 1992. 13 cm x 20.5 cm. VIII, 278 pages. Original softcover. Excellent condition with only minor signs of external wear. Some underlining by preowner and annotation on inside of back cover. Otherwise clean inside with solid binding.

Includes the following chapters: The Pursuit of the Ideal / The Decline of Utopian Ideas in the West / Giambattista Vico and Cultural History / Alleged Relativism in Eighteenth-Century European Thought / Joseph de Maistre and the Origins of Fascism / European Unity and its Vicissitudes / The Apotheosis of the Romantic Will: The Revolt against the Myth of an Ideal World / The Bent Twig: On the Rise of Nationalism.

"Sir Isaiah Berlin OM CBE FBA (6 June 1909 – 5 November 1997) was a Russian-British social and political theorist, philosopher and historian of ideas. He was an essayist, conversationalist, raconteur, and lecturer. In its obituary of the scholar, the Independent stated that 'Isaiah Berlin was often described, especially in his old age, by means of superlatives: the world's greatest talker, the century's most inspired reader, one of the finest minds of our time [...] there is no doubt that he showed in more than one direction the unexpectedly large possibilities open to us at the top end of the range of human potential'." (Wikipedia)

"Sir Isaiah Berlin may be our most important living philosopher, an activist of the intellect who marshals vast erudition and eloquence in defense of the endangered values of individual liberty and moral and political pluralism. In The Crooked Timber of Humanity he exposes the links between the ideas of the past and the social and political catclysms of our present century: between the Platonic belief in absolute Truth and the lure of authoritarianism; between the eighteenth-century reactionary ideologue Joseph de Maistre and twentieth-century fascism; between the romanticism of Schiller and Byron and the militant - and sometimes genocidal - nationalism that convulses the modern world." (Publisher)

"A beautifully patterned tapestry of philosophical thought...a history of ideas that possesses all the drama of a novel, all the immediacy of headline news." (The New York Times)

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Berlin, The Crooked Timber of Humanity: Chapters in the History of Ideas.

Berlin, The Crooked Timber of Humanity: Chapters in the History of Ideas.


Berlin, The Crooked Timber of Humanity: Chapters in the History of Ideas.

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