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I create as I do, whether I am an artist, a philosopher, a statesman, not because
the goal that I seek to realise is objectively beautiful, or true, or virtuous, or
approved by public opinion, or demanded by majorities or tradition, but because
it is my ...
Machiavelli (who for Dostoevsky would surely have been an atheist) answers '
Yes, if the end - that is, the pursuit of a society's basic interests in a specific
situation - cannot be realised in any other way.' This position has not been
So long as only one ideal is the true goal, it will always seem to men that no
means can be too difficult, no price too high, to do whatever is required to realise
the ultimate goal. Such certainty is one of the great justif1cations of fanaticism, ...
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AGAINST THE CURRENT: Essays In The History Of IdeasUser Review - Kirkus
Though some of Sir Isaiah's best-known essays were included in the previous two volumes of his collected essays (Russian Thinkers and Concepts and Categories), this third of four scheduled volumes ... Read full review
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The CounterEnlightenment l
The Originality of Machiavelli
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