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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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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"

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Liz Polding
Jan 01, 2015 Liz Polding rated it it was amazing
A terrific book that inspired me and made me want to study philosophy at university in the first place. Reading my rather grubby copy (at least I didn't make notes on it!) so many years later tells me that I made the right choice and inspires me again.

What is freedom; what do we mean by that word? Do we mean the total freedom of anarchy (although even Proudhon makes it clear that our duties temper our rights), or freedom from oppression? Can we, in fact, make any choices at all, if we are deter
Duc Hoang
Sự thật sẽ giải phóng bạn. Đây là sự thật. Hãy tự giải phóng mình.
Jul 28, 2015 Bruce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While reading Four Essays on Liberty (not the expanded version), I felt sure I would criticize Berlin's verbosity and repetitiveness. But finally I'm reminded that an essay is, by definition, an exploration of a subject, not the author's final thoughts. There is in these essays a sense of Berlin advancing ideas he is not necessarily totally convinced of. And from the introduction, which is a reply to his critics, and several footnotes, it's clear Berlin is eager to receive, ponder and learn from ...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.
William Smith
Mar 03, 2016 William Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Berlin thought this was his most important work and I have to agree. Freedom and liberty are sadly either undervalued or tortured into meaning exactly their opposite. Berlin, as always, provides lucid and coherent arguments that always respectfully acknowledge those who would take an opposing view. This makes his point of view all the more valuable and persuasive. Long sentences that require concentration, but a beautiful writer as well as a profound thinker.
Tam Nguyen
Cuốn này nhằm thu hút đông đảo người đọc nên viết khá dễ hiểu!? Mình đọc cuốn này sau Căn tính và bạo lực nên thấy rất nhiều điểm trùng hợp trong 2 cuốn này. Về căn bản họ đều ủng hộ pluralism, tính đa dạng của xã hội.

Cuốn sách cũng có thái độ nghi ngờ về negative freedom mà John Stuart Mill đề ra.
Nick Riso
Oct 04, 2015 Nick Riso rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very insightful from a great contemporary theorist. A prime example of history dictating philosophical groundwork (which maybe unfair, is probably unfair), using, though not explicitly, the times with which he's writing to heavily influence what he's writing. The Cold War.. "The battle of the ideologies"
Feb 19, 2015 Corey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Long winded and often repetitive. Occasionally some real gems, philosophical insights worth noting. He takes a long, long time showing that applying laws appropriate to the physical sciences don't work well when applied to humans because humans unlike atoms have independent purpose and motive.
Feb 10, 2014 Curtis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Aug 06, 2015 Melissa rated it it was amazing
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It makes you think and is very actual even though it was written a while ago.
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
Dec 30, 2007 Andrew Commers rated it really liked it
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.
Dec 06, 2010 Flowquietly rated it really liked it
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.
Dec 11, 2014 Vilis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Politiskā filozofija nav mana stiprā puse (un eseju par Millu izlasīšu pēc tam, kad būšu lasījis Millu).
Aug 15, 2013 Humphrey rated it liked it
Good stuff, particularly, of course, the distinction of negative and positive liberty.
Craig Bolton
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Feb 10, 2013 Bima Putra rated it it was ok
One thing he is not,
He is not Mill,
and judging Mill in part 4 is not cool
Craig Bolton
Four Essays on Liberty (Oxford Paperbacks) by Isaiah Berlin (1990)
Aug 15, 2010 Alfred rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An influential and important work in the study of freedom and rights.
Aug 25, 2008 Ine rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Everyone should read this.
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