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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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Two Concepts of Liberty

Two Concepts of Liberty

(p.166) Two Concepts of Liberty

Isaiah Berlin

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This lecture insisted upon negative liberty as the political complement to the human capacity for free choice, and made matching metaphysical claims: the nature of being, and especially the conflicts amongst values, were inconsistent with totalitarian claims. Berlin, arguing along this line, provided an account of the perversion of positive liberty into a warrant for such claims, discussed nationalism, and emphasized the value‐pluralism, now linked so frequently with his name.

Keywords:   Isaiah Berlin, conflicts of value, nationalism, negative liberty, positive liberty, value‐pluralism, values

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