In this video, I discuss Berlin’s views of the Counter-Enlightenment thinker Joseph de Maistre, who in Berlin’s view anticipated much of modern fascism. … More Berlin on Joseph de Maistre and Fascism
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 … More Isaiah Berlin on Vico
In this video, I introduce key ideas from the “Against the Current” movements and discuss Berlin’s strategy for coming to term with and positively engaging those ideas. … More Can We Learn from the Counter-Enlightenment? Isaiah Berlin Did.
“In the end, men choose between ultimate values; they choose as they do, because their life and thought are determined by fundamental moral categories and concepts that are, at any rate over large stretches of time and, space, a part of their being and thought and sense of their own identity; part of what makes them human.”
-Two Concepts of Liberty
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