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Isaiah Berlin and Edited by Henry Hardy

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199249893

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019924989X.001.0001

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Political Ideas in the Twentieth Century

Political Ideas in the Twentieth Century

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(p.55) Political Ideas in the Twentieth Century
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Isaiah Berlin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/019924989X.003.0002

This essay examines the origins of three political doctrines of the twentieth‐century—Communism, Fascism, and Marxism—which Berlin linked through attributing to them the assumption that human life tended in ‘only one direction’. He contrasted this briefly with his own view that human goals were really various and ‘at times incompatible’.

Keywords:   Isaiah Berlin, Communism, Fascism, Human Goals, Marxism, twentieth century

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