Against The Current: Essays in the History of Ideas
Berlin's main theme in these essays is the importance in the history of ideas of dissenters whose thinking still challenges conventional wisdom - among them Machiavelli, Vico, Montesquieu, Herzen and Sorel. With his unusual powers of imaginative re-creation, he brings to life original minds that swam against the current of their times, and in the process offers a powerful defence of variety in our visions of life.
Roger Hausheer's introduction surveys Berlin's whole oeuvre, and the full bibliography of his pubication has been updated for this Pimlico edition.
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Review: Against the Current: Essays in the History of IdeasUser Review - Sh - Goodreads
Outstanding representative of Berlin's ideas and thoughts. Collection of the essays touch, albeit on somewhat lighter level, nearly all major intellectual contributions of Isaiah Berlin as a historian ... Read full review
Review: Against the Current: Essays in the History of IdeasUser Review - Clay - Goodreads
Just wonderful stuff ... clearly written, jargon-free, important ideas about the way we look at the world. Some of the essays are somewhat obscure in terms of their topics, but still, well worth reading. And "The Crooked Timber of Humanity" may be even better. Read full review
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