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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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Historical Inevitability

Historical Inevitability

(p.94) Historical Inevitability

Isaiah Berlin

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Berlin’s position in ‘Political Ideas’ postulated a human ability to make free choices. His lecture ‘Historical Inevitability’ attacked determinism as a foundation of the view that ‘the world has a direction’ and that society is governed by deterministic laws. Instead, Berlin suggested that determinism was implausible, because it would require radical changes in our ‘moral and psychological categories.’

Keywords:   Isaiah Berlin, categories, determinism, free choice, Inevitability, law

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