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Isaiah Berlin and the Enlightenment

Laurence Brockliss and Ritchie Robertson

Abstract

This book assesses critically an important part of the work of a major historian of ideas. Isaiah Berlin (1909–97) published many influential essays on thinkers of the ‘long Enlightenment’ of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Yet some of his best-known work is devoted to exploring thinkers who were critical of the Enlightenment, and whom he assigned to the ‘Counter-Enlightenment’. He shows a curious ambivalence about the Enlightenment, and interprets it in ways that more recent scholarship would question. The book explores this ambivalence through a series of chapters on how Berli ... More

Keywords: Isaiah Berlin, Enlightenment, Counter-Enlightenment, liberty, pluralism, rationality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198783930
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198783930.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laurence Brockliss, editor
University of Oxford

Ritchie Robertson, editor
University of Oxford