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

2015.03.39 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Joshua L. Cherniss, A Mind and Its Time: The Development of Isaiah Berlin's Political Thought, Oxford University Press, 2013,
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2015.03.39 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Joshua L. Cherniss, A Mind and Its Time: The Development of Isaiah Berlin's Political Thought, Oxford University Press, 2013, 264pp., $110.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199673261. Reviewed by James Schmidt, Boston University This book is intended as both "a study of Isaiah Berlin's political thought" and "an exercise in intellectual biography" (vii). The political thought in question consists chiefly of Berlin's various accounts of the concept of liberty. His earlier writings on theories of meaning and epistemology -- along with his subsequent work in the history of ideas and the philosophy of history, and his discussions of "value pluralism" -- figure here only insofar as they help to clarify the evolution of Berlin's treatment of liberty. The rationale for adopting a biographical approach is grounded in Joshua Cherniss's conviction that the "inspiration, intended meaning, and historical significance" of Berlin's. . .

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