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Four Essays on Liberty

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The four essays are Political Ideas in the Twentieth Century'; Historical Inevitability', which the Economist described as a magnificent assertion of the reality of human freedom, of the role of free choice in history'; Two Concepts of Liberty', a ringing manifesto for pluralism and individual freedom; and John Stuart Mill and the Ends of Life'. There is also a long and ma...more
Paperback, 286 pages
Published June 7th 1990 by Oxford University Press (first published 1969)
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محمد الزهراني
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كتاب صغير ومكثّف هو للمفكر البريطاني ايزايا برلين نقلته إلى العربية جمانا طالب وصدر عن دار الساقي 1992م.
جاء فيه:
تعريف الحرية

على حد تعبير ""آيزايا برلين"" فإن هناك حوالى مئتي تعريف لها حتى الآن، ووجه الاشتراك بين هذه التعريفات هو ازالة المعوقات من طريق اختيار الإنسان، يقول ""آيزايا برلين"" في تعريفه للحرية: "إنني أعد الحرية فقدان الموانع من طريق تحقق آمال الإنسان وتمنياته"

" أن الحرية تعني عدم تدخل الآخرين في أنشطة الفرد وأعماله: "الحرية الشخصية عبارة عن السعي للح...more
Berlin is one of my favorite political philosophers - I think he's absolutely brilliant and very relevant to today's political debates, particularly in the field of bioethics, which is of particular interest to me.
A set of five essays on liberty and some assorted other writings from his papers. The essay on JS Mill was one of the best things I've read in a long time.

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Yazmina-Michele de Gaye
i am so engaged in this book, with a different cover, BTW, a 1970 reprint...i quote as many snippets to friends, fans and family as often as possible, without sounding like a accademic, which am not...but aspire to be!!! The question of liberty within the limits of our contemporary social organisation, concerns me and whilst not wanting to over-simplify the complex issues surrounding FREEDOM, I am actually re-reading it from cover 2 cover, just to be able to retain all its little pearls of wisdo...more
Andrew Commers
This book contains the essay on Two Concepts of Liberty, which for the first time had me think of the difference between 'freedom from' and 'freedom to.' The 'freedom to' concept gives form to why we struggle to improve and also why certain restrictions are actually essential to free us.
left more confused as to what'Freedom' really is, but an enlightening read all the same. He does waffle on a bit though which made the reading a bit labourious.
Good stuff, particularly, of course, the distinction of negative and positive liberty.
Craig J.
Liberty: Incorporating Four Essays on Liberty by the late Isaiah Berlin (2002)
Bima Putra
One thing he is not,
He is not Mill,
and judging Mill in part 4 is not cool
Craig J.
Four Essays on Liberty (Oxford Paperbacks) by Isaiah Berlin (1990)
An influential and important work in the study of freedom and rights.
Aug 25, 2008 Ine rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Everyone should read this.
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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 Thir...more
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