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Isaiah Berlin and the Enlightenment$
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Laurence Brockliss and Ritchie Robertson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198783930

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198783930.001.0001

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Discovering Isaiah Berlin in Moses Hess’s Rome and Jerusalem

Discovering Isaiah Berlin in Moses Hess’s Rome and Jerusalem

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(p.176) 13 Discovering Isaiah Berlin in Moses Hess’s Rome and Jerusalem
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Isaiah Berlin and the Enlightenment
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Ken Koltun-Fromm

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198783930.003.0014

In Isaiah Berlin’s Lucien Wolf Memorial Lecture to the Jewish Historical Society of England in December 1957, Berlin recovered the work and character of the nineteenth-century Jewish socialist Moses Hess. To be sure, this is a lecture about Hess, but this chapter argues that we discover far more about Berlin than we do Hess in this public talk (it would be published as The Life and Opinions of Moses Hess in 1959). In the four moments the chapter traces in the Wolf lecture—the rhetorics of persuasion, the attraction of personal integrity, the recognition of ourselves in historical thinkers, and the ethics of individual liberty—we encounter the most expressive features of Isaiah Berlin’s scholarship.

Keywords:   Moses Hess, rhetoric, Marx, socialism, Jewish identity

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