Description - Political Ideas In The Romantic Age by Isaiah Berlin
I was exhausted at the end, & yet I am sure that if ever I saw & heard anyone in a true state of inspiration it was then. So wrote Isaiah Berlin s secretary Lelia Brodersen to a friend in 1952, after hearing one of Berlin s Mary Flexner Lectures at Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania. Political Ideas in the Romantic Age, written in preparation for these lectures, was heavily revised by Berlin afterwards, though he never brought it to final published form. But it is a work of the greatest interest, both for what Berlin says about his subject and for what it tells us about his own intellectual development. It is the only text he ever wrote in which he laid out in one connected account most of his key insights about the history of ideas in the period which he made his own the romantic age - the bridge between the eighteenth and ninetheenth centuries. This is also the mine from which Berlin quarried many of his well-known later publications, including Two Concepts of Liberty , Historical Inevitability and his essays on Vico and Herder; the continuities and changes that appear when the earlier and later versions of his ideas are compared throw new light on his thought. Written in Be
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Author Biography - Isaiah Berlin
Sir Isaiah Berlin, O. M., was born in Riga, Latvia, in 1909. He came to England in 1919 and was educated at St Paul's School and Corpus Christi College, Oxford. At Oxford, he was a Fellow of New College (1938-50), Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory (1957-67), first President of Wolfson College (1966-75), a Fellow of All Souls College, and President of the British Academy from 1974-1978. Many of his books are published by Pimlico. His achievements as an historian and exponent of ideas earned him the Erasmus, Lippincott, and Agnelli Prizes, and his lifelong defence of civil liberties earned him the Jerusalem Prize. He died in 1997. Henry Hardy, a Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford, is one of Isaiah Berlin's Literary Trustees. He has edited a number of books by Berlin and other authors, and is the composer of Tunes- Collected Musical Juvenilia (2003).