Isaiah Berlin





Isaiah Berlin


Born
in Riga, Latvia
June 06, 1909

Died
November 05, 1997

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Sir Isaiah Berlin was a philosopher and historian of ideas, regarded as one of the leading liberal thinkers of the twentieth century. He excelled as an essayist, lecturer and conversationalist; and as a brilliant speaker who delivered, rapidly and spontaneously, richly allusive and coherently structured material, whether for a lecture series at Oxford University or as a broadcaster on the BBC Third Programme, usually without a script. Many of his essays and lectures were later collected in book form.

Born in Riga, now capital of Latvia, then part of the Russian Empire, he was the first person of Jewish descent to be elected to a prize fellowship at All Souls College, Oxford. From 1957 to 1967, he was Chichele Professor of Social and Politica
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Letters, 1928-1946 Enlightening: Letters, 1946... Building: Letters 1960-1975 Affirming: Letters 1975-1997
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“Freedom for the wolves has often meant death to the sheep.”
Isaiah Berlin

“We are doomed to choose and every choice may entail irreparable loss.”
Isaiah Berlin

“Both liberty and equality are among the primary goals pursued by human beings throughout many centuries; but total liberty for wolves is death to the lambs, total liberty of the powerful, the gifted, is not compatible with the rights to a decent existence of the weak and the less gifted.”
Isaiah Berlin, The Crooked Timber of Humanity: Chapters in the History of Ideas