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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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From Hope and Fear Set Free

From Hope and Fear Set Free

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(p.252) From Hope and Fear Set Free
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Liberty
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Isaiah Berlin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/019924989X.003.0006

Berlin’s presidential address to the Aristotelian Society dealt with one important gap in his conceptual wall against totalitarianism. If to be free implied knowledge and the exercise of reason, then the distinction between negative and positive views of liberty might be hard to maintain. Berlin argued that knowledge does not always liberate, which implies that freedom does not always depend on knowledge.

Keywords:   Aristotelian Society, Isaiah Berlin, knowledge, liberty, negative liberty, positive liberty, totalitarianism

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