Isaiah Berlin on Vico

This is the third video in a series on the political thought of Sir Isaiah Berlin, whose work attempted to bridge the divide between varieties of universalism, which tend to lead to totalitarianism, and the particularism that emerged from the backlash against universalism from sources in Counter-Enlightenment, Romantic and reactionary thought. In this video, I discuss Berlin’s reaction to some key ideas of Giambattista Vico, who anticipated much of the criticism of later counter-Enlightenment and Romantic thinkers and was deeply influential on Berlin’s own thought. Here is where you can find the Vico seminar by Leo Strauss referenced in this video:… Here is the URL to his “Two Concepts of Liberty” :… Crooked Timber of Humanity… Against the Current:

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