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

Joshua L. Cherniss

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199673261
eISBN:
9780191751714
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199673261.001.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Political History

This book offers a detailed account of the genesis and development of Isaiah Berlin’s political thought, philosophical views, and historical understanding, locating his evolving intellectual ... More


‘Not a Very Political Thinker’? Berlin’s Intellectual Development, 1928–1939

Joshua L. Cherniss

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

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199673261
eISBN:
9780191751714
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199673261.003.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Political History

This chapter traces the interests and influences that shaped Berlin’s intellectual life in the inter-war period. It locates Berlin in four distinct, and seemingly disparate, contexts: the revolt ... More


War and Peace

Joshua L. Cherniss

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

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199673261
eISBN:
9780191751714
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199673261.003.0002
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Political History

This chapter surveys the impact of Berlin’s wartime service as a British diplomat on his later political thinking. Berlin’s diplomatic service in America made him more sharply aware of the tension ... More


Anti-Communist Manifestos: Berlin and Cold War Politics

Joshua L. Cherniss

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

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199673261
eISBN:
9780191751714
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199673261.003.0003
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Political History

This chapter locates Berlin in the context of the political debates preoccupying the ‘non-Communist Left’—a loose, international network of liberal and social-democratic intellectuals and ... More


Against ‘Engineers of Human Souls’: Berlin’s Anti-Managerial Liberalism

Joshua L. Cherniss

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

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199673261
eISBN:
9780191751714
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199673261.003.0004
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Political History

This chapter reveals opposition to tendencies towards scientistic and/or technocratic paternalism—a complex of ideas and inclinations identified here as ‘managerialism’—to have been central to ... More


Between Realism and Utopianism: The Political Ethics of Moderation

Joshua L. Cherniss

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

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199673261
eISBN:
9780191751714
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199673261.003.0005
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Political History

This chapter argues that a concern with the ethics of political action was central to Berlin’s thought; and that his well-known and deep-rooted opposition to ‘utopianism’ and naïve idealism was but ... More


The Road to Liberty: Berlin’s Early Conceptualizations of Freedom

Joshua L. Cherniss

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

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199673261
eISBN:
9780191751714
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199673261.003.0006
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Political History

This chapter traces Berlin’s early writings on liberty, from an essay he wrote while still a schoolboy, to his first full working out of an account of liberty in the notes for and text of his Mary ... More


The Inner Citadel: Berlin’s Conception of Liberty

Joshua L. Cherniss

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

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199673261
eISBN:
9780191751714
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199673261.003.0008
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Political History

Building on the preceding chapters, this chapter explicates Berlin’s understanding of liberty, and the political and intellectual purposes which his account aimed to serve. The understanding of ... More


Conclusion: A Mind in its Time

Joshua L. Cherniss

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

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199673261
eISBN:
9780191751714
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199673261.003.0009
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Political History

In conclusion, this chapter reviews the central themes that have emerged over the course of the book; it also supplements the preceding chapters with a fuller account of the emergence of value ... More


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