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A Mind and its Time: The Development of Isaiah Berlin's Political Thought

Joshua L. Cherniss


This book offers a detailed account of the genesis and development of Isaiah Berlin’s political thought, philosophical views, and historical understanding, locating his evolving intellectual interests and political positions in the context of the events and trends of inter-war and post-war intellectual and political life. Special emphasis is placed on the roots of Berlin’s later pluralism in philosophical and cultural debates of the inter-war period, and on his evolving account of liberty. The latter is shown to have been shaped by a response to the liberal confrontation with totalitarianism i ... More

Keywords: Isaiah Berlin, political theory, liberalism, liberty, cold war, pluralism, managerialism, british philosophy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199673261
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199673261.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joshua L. Cherniss, author
Department of Government, Harvard University