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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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The Purpose Justifies the Ways

The Purpose Justifies the Ways

(p.331) The Purpose Justifies the Ways

Isaiah Berlin

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This short story, written when Berlin was twelve, is his first surviving essay. It reveals the disposition that found expression in his more mature work. Berlin contrasts the settled life of ‘a cosy little home’ with the crude consequentialism of Commissar Uritsky and its destructive effects. The story is a morality tale: Uritsky meets his just end.

Keywords:   Isaiah Berlin, consequentialism, morality

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