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Political ideas in the romantic age : their rise and influence on modern thought /
Isaiah Berlin ; edited by Henry Hardy ; with an introduction by Joshua L. Cherniss.
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Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2006.
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lx, 292 p. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0691126879
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Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2006.
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0691126879
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"In the United Kingdom and European Union, published by Chatto & Windus in 2006"--T.p. verso.
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5705911
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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" Political Ideas in the Romantic Age makes an intriguing and provocative contribution to the history of ideas, and also to the study of Berlin's own thought. The ideas Berlin examines are intrinsically interesting and hugely influential. The book integrates Berlin's analysis of liberty with his reading of the debate between the Enlightenment and the counter-Enlightenment to an extent not found in his other works. And the editing is as meticulous as anything done by Henry Hardy, who is the best possible editor of any text by Berlin."-- George Crowder, Flinders University, Australia, author of Isaiah Berlin: Liberty and Pluralism
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""Political Ideas in the Romantic Age" makes an intriguing and provocative contribution to the history of ideas, and also to the study of Berlin's own thought. The ideas Berlin examines are intrinsically interesting and hugely influential. The book integrates Berlin's analysis of liberty with his reading of the debate between the Enlightenment and the counter-Enlightenment to an extent not found in his other works. And the editing is as meticulous as anything done by Henry Hardy, who is the best possible editor of any text by Berlin."--George Crowder, Flinders University, Australia, author of "Isaiah Berlin: Liberty and Pluralism"
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Appeared in Choice on 2007-04-01:
Hardy, one of Berlin's literary trustees and key editor, has shaped into this present volume the last of Berlin's unpublished manuscripts written 1950 to 1952 for a series of lectures at Bryn Mawr College, which Berlin revised and expanded but abandoned. Although this book includes only four of the six lectures and a prologue, these can be seen as the "torso" from which the extensive body of Berlin's writings on the history of European ideas evolved from 1950 to 1997. Evidence includes early explorations of the ideas of freedom in the writings of Rousseau and Kant, which form Berlin's concept of negative and positive liberty, and his early readings of Vico and Herder, which provide the cultural pluralism within Romanticism with which Berlin counters the utopianism of the Enlightenment. There is also is a lucid and perceptive analysis of Berlin's political ideas (and a bibliography) by Joshua Cherniss, and a summary of all six lectures printed in 1952 by Bryn Mawr. Berlin's text is substantially rich and essential for understanding the foundations of his early intellectual encounters with the minds of the Enlightenment and the Romantic age. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. M. S. Miller emeritus, University of Illinois at Chicago
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[Political Ideas in the Romantic Age] contains, in embryo, the main ideas that were to dominate [Berlin's] thought.
"[ Political Ideas in the Romantic Age ] contains, in embryo, the main ideas that were to dominate [Berlins] thought."-- Raymond Carr, Spectator
"An absorbing and impressive new book . . . [that] says that we still live off the intellectual capital produced by the great thinkers of the romantic age, roughly 1760 to 1830. We think as they thought. We speak as they spoke."-- Robert Fulford, National Post
At a time when the recrudescence of romantic themes has accompanied numerous new political foundings in the post-Soviet era, and in the turmoil and realignments in the Middle East and Africa, there is a refreshing clarity in this work, and a robust comprehensiveness to his commentary on romanticist ideas--romanticism insinuated exalted, but usually volatile, new ideas in old containers. Its beguiling grandeur obscured its dangers. Berlin offers incisively critical assessments of its leading thinkers.
"At a time when the recrudescence of romantic themes has accompanied numerous new political foundings in the post-Soviet era, and in the turmoil and realignments in the Middle East and Africa, there is a refreshing clarity in this work, and a robust comprehensiveness to his commentary on romanticist ideas--romanticism insinuated exalted, but usually volatile, new ideas in old containers. Its beguiling grandeur obscured its dangers. Berlin offers incisively critical assessments of its leading thinkers."-- Peter Emberley, International Political Science Review
Political Ideas in the Romantic Agemakes an intriguing and provocative contribution to the history of ideas, and also to the study of Berlin's own thought. The ideas Berlin examines are intrinsically interesting and hugely influential. The book integrates Berlin's analysis of liberty with his reading of the debate between the Enlightenment and the counter-Enlightenment to an extent not found in his other works. And the editing is as meticulous as anything done by Henry Hardy, who is the best possible editor of any text by Berlin.
"Those already interested in Berlin's scholarship will find the origins here of his broader contributions to the 'history of ideas' while at his intellectual peak."-- Ann Frank Wake, The Historian
[This book] is worth a look for anyone interested in a kind of original formulation of Berlin's ideas, but it also provides a new path into a great mind for those who are not yet familiar with him.
"[This book] is worth a look for anyone interested in a kind of original formulation of Berlins ideas, but it also provides a new path into a great mind for those who are not yet familiar with him."-- Brandon Turner, Perspectives on Political Science
Those already interested in Berlin's scholarship will find the origins here of his broader contributions to the 'history of ideas' while at his intellectual peak.
"In this volume, we have one of the most central sources for much of Berlin's thought. What makes Berlin such a compelling historian, and one of the very few of whom it will always be said that he is a pleasure to read, was the way that he got under the skin of people whose opinions he found, after considered thought, abhorrent. His ideas are still worth debating today, and for the foreseeable future."-- Nicholas Lezard, The Guardian
"Indispensable for anyone interested in the history of ideas and the development of liberal thought, it contains most of the central themes of Berlins work, together with some of its recurring ambiguities."-- John Gray, New York Review of Books
In this volume, we have one of the most central sources for much of Berlin's thought. What makes Berlin such a compelling historian, and one of the very few of whom it will always be said that he is a pleasure to read, was the way that he got under the skin of people whose opinions he found, after considered thought, abhorrent. His ideas are still worth debating today, and for the foreseeable future.
"Berlin's text is substantially rich and essential for understanding the foundations of his early intellectual encounters with the minds of the Enlightenment and the Romantic age."-- Choice
Berlin's text is substantially rich and essential for understanding the foundations of his early intellectual encounters with the minds of the Enlightenment and the Romantic age.
Indispensable for anyone interested in the history of ideas and the development of liberal thought, it contains most of the central themes of Berlin's work, together with some of its recurring ambiguities.
An absorbing and impressive new book . . . √Ěthat¬® says that we still live off the intellectual capital produced by the great thinkers of the romantic age, roughly 1760 to 1830. We think as they thought. We speak as they spoke. -- Robert Fulford "National Post"
An absorbing and impressive new book . . . [that] says that we still live off the intellectual capital produced by the great thinkers of the romantic age, roughly 1760 to 1830. We think as they thought. We speak as they spoke.
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Summaries
Main Description
It is sometimes thought that the renowned essayist Isaiah Berlin (1909-1997) was incapable of writing a big book. But in fact he developed some of his most important essays--including "Two Concepts of Liberty" and "Historical Inevitability"--from a book-length manuscript that he intended to publish but later set aside. Published here for the first time, Political Ideas in the Romantic Age is the only book in which Berlin lays out in one continuous account most of his key insights about the history of ideas in the period that he made his own--the Romantic age. Distilling his formative early work in the history of ideas, the book also contains much that is not found elsewhere in his writings. The last of Berlin's posthumous books, it is of great interest both for his treatment of the subject and for what it reveals about his intellectual development. Written for a series of lectures at Bryn Mawr College in 1952, and heavily revised and expanded by Berlin afterward, the book argues that the political ideas of the Romantic age are still largely our own--down to the language and metaphors they are expressed in. Vividly expounding the central political ideas of leading European thinkers in the period 1760-1830, including Helvetius, Condorcet, Rousseau, Saint-Simon, Hegel, Schelling, and Fichte, the book is written in Berlin's characteristically accessible style. The book has been carefully prepared by Berlin's longtime editor Henry Hardy, and Joshua L. Cherniss provides an illuminating introduction that sets it in the context of Berlin's life and work.
Long Description
It is sometimes thought that the renowned essayist Isaiah Berlin (1909-1997) was incapable of writing a big book. But in fact he developed some of his most important essays--including "Two Concepts of Liberty" and "Historical Inevitability"--from a book-length manuscript that he intended to publish but later set aside. Published here for the first time, "Political Ideas in the Romantic Age" is the only book in which Berlin lays out in one continuous account most of his key insights about the history of ideas in the period that he made his own--the Romantic age. Distilling his formative early work in the history of ideas, the book also contains much that is not found elsewhere in his writings. The last of Berlin's posthumous books, it is of great interest both for his treatment of the subject and for what it reveals about his intellectual development. Written for a series of lectures at Bryn Mawr College in 1952, and heavily revised and expanded by Berlin afterward, the book argues that the political ideas of the Romantic age are still largely our own--down to the language and metaphors they are expressed in. Vividly expounding the central political ideas of leading European thinkers in the period 1760-1830, including Helvetius, Condorcet, Rousseau, Saint-Simon, Hegel, Schelling, and Fichte, the book is written in Berlin's characteristically accessible style. The book has been carefully prepared by Berlin's longtime editor Henry Hardy, and Joshua L. Cherniss provides an illuminating introduction that sets it in the context of Berlin's life and work.
Table of Contents
Abbreviations and conventionsp. viii
Editor's prefacep. ix
Isaiah Berlin's Political Ideas: From the Twentieth Century to the Romantic Agep. xxi
Prologuep. 1
Politics as a Descriptive Sciencep. 17
The Idea of Freedomp. 88
Two Concepts of Freedom: Romantic and Liberalp. 155
The March of Historyp. 208
Subjective versus Objective Ethicsp. 260
Summaries of the Flexner Lecturesp. 266
Note from the editor to the authorp. 279
Indexp. 285
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