Liberty by Isaiah Berlin


Liberty is a revised and expanded edition of the book that Isaiah Berlin regarded as his most important--Four Essays on Liberty, a standard text of liberalism, constantly in demand and constantly discussed since it was first published in 1969. Writing in Harper's, Irving Howe described it as "an exhilarating performance--this, one tells oneself, is what the life of the mind can be." Berlin's editor Henry Hardy has revised the text, incorporating ...

Details Liberty

Release DateMay 23rd, 2002
PublisherOxford University Press, USA
GenrePhilosophy, Politics, Nonfiction, Writing, Essays, History

Reviews Liberty

  • محمد
    (( حدود الحرية ))كتاب صغير ومكثّف هو للمفكر البريطاني ايزايا برلين نقلته إلى العربية جمانا طالب وصدر عن دار الساقي 1992م.-------------جاء فيه:تعريف الحرية1-على حد تعبير ""آيزايا برلين"" فإن هناك حوالى مئتي تعريف لها حتى الآن، ووجه الاشتراك بين هذه التعريفات ه...
  • Mohammad Mirzaali
    مقالهی اول را برلین در مورد هویت فکری–سیاسی نیمهی اول قرن بیستم برای نشریهی «فارن افرز» نوشته است و مقالهی آخر یادبودی برای جان استوارت میل است. دو مقالهی میانی کتاب شهرت بیشتری دارند: «ناگزیری تاریخ» و «مفاهیم دوگانهی آزادی». در اولی برلین با حتمی...
  • Liz Polding
    A terrific book that inspired me and made me want to study philosophy at university in the first place. Reading my rather grubby copy (at least I didn't make notes on it!) so many years later tells me that I made the right choice and inspires me again. What is freedom; what do we mean by that word? Do we mean the total freedom of anarchy (although even Proudhon makes it clear that our duties temper our rights), or freedom from oppression? Can we,...
  • Armin Mohammadi Asl
    برلین در هر چهار موضوع به خوبی ورود پیدا میکند، در حین تشریح دیدگاه مخالف برای فهماندن آندبه مخاطب از هیچ تلاشی فروگذار نمیکند و در ارائه دیدگاه خود اختصار و دقت را به کار میبندد و در این حین ارجاعات خوب و به موقعی به دیگر متفکران و آثارشان میدهد.کتا...
  • Duc Hoang
    Sự thật sẽ giải phóng bạn. Đây là sự thật. Hãy tự giải phóng mình.
  • Bruce
    While reading Four Essays on Liberty (not the expanded version), I felt sure I would criticize Berlin's verbosity and repetitiveness. But finally I'm reminded that an essay is, by definition, an exploration of a subject, not the author's final thoughts. There is in these essays a sense of Berlin advancing ideas he is not necessarily totally convinced of. And from the introduction, which is a reply to his critics, and several footnotes, it's clear...
  • Mitch
    There are some interesting things in here, but his style is very high-flown in a way which gets obnoxious, and he has a tendency to discuss broad ranges of ideas at once, often leading to vague conclusions, blatant misinterpretations of other authors in the service of a narrative, or poetic wanking with no apparent end in sight... I didn't find this very informative. Why not just read the authors he's talking about rather than his endlessly repet...
  • Zahreen
    Berlin is one of my favorite political philosophers - I think he's absolutely brilliant and very relevant to today's political debates, particularly in the field of bioethics, which is of particular interest to me.
  • Amir
    کتابی محشر و ترجمهای عالی از محمدعلی موحد. کتابی محشر و ترجمه‌ای عالی از محمدعلی موحد.
  • Bill Berg
    I rate the book a 3 because it is going to be hard for many to get through it. The book spends a good deal of time on the philosophical issue of determinism. Science (at least up to Quantum Mechanics) assumed that "everything just happened" and that WHEN science discovered all the laws of nature including biology, we would discover that everything was fully determined at the point of the Big Bang, including me writing this blog. I'm not going to ...
  • Mostafa Shalash
    ماذا نعني بالانسان الحر ؟ يجادل إيزيا برلين حول مفاهيم الحرية وعلاقتها بالحتمية - فهل يمكن أن تكون تصرفات الانسان مرتبطة بمبدأ الحتمية ؟ لذا من وجهة نظر برلين يجب وضع حدود بين الحتمية والحرية وليس فقط حدود علمية بل يجب ضمان كثافة اخلاقية حتى يملك ا...
  • Gordan Karlic
    The last chapter cemented rating 4.It is a quick essay about thoughts of the John Stuart Mill, not the biggest fan of the analyzing other works, more so, when you close the book with it, even furthermore, the best chapter was penultimate so the book reached its peek 60 pages before the ending.What I did really like was a division of the liberties on the "positive" and "negative" didn't really have that categorizing before and kinda crystalize som...
  • Andrew
    Intelligent, cogent, and oppressively redundant in its efforts to establish unassailable logic. In other words, this is very much a philosophy book. Berlin would have me on board and engaged and then spend 10 more pages reiterating the same exact argument 20 more times in 20 subtly different ways.
  • Yazmina-Michele de Gaye
    i am so engaged in this book, with a different cover, BTW, a 1970 reprint...i quote as many snippets to friends, fans and family as often as possible, without sounding like a accademic, which am not...but aspire to be!!! The question of liberty within the limits of our contemporary social organisation, concerns me and whilst not wanting to over-simplify the complex issues surrounding FREEDOM, I am actually re-reading it from cover 2 cover, just t...
  • William Smith
    Berlin thought this was his most important work and I have to agree. Freedom and liberty are sadly either undervalued or tortured into meaning exactly their opposite. Berlin, as always, provides lucid and coherent arguments that always respectfully acknowledge those who would take an opposing view. This makes his point of view all the more valuable and persuasive. Long sentences that require concentration, but a beautiful writer as well as a prof...
  • Nick Riso
    Very insightful from a great contemporary theorist. A prime example of history dictating philosophical groundwork (which maybe unfair, is probably unfair), using, though not explicitly, the times with which he's writing to heavily influence what he's writing. The Cold War.. "The battle of the ideologies"
  • Andrew Commers
    This book contains the essay on Two Concepts of Liberty, which for the first time had me think of the difference between 'freedom from' and 'freedom to.' The 'freedom to' concept gives form to why we struggle to improve and also why certain restrictions are actually essential to free us.
  • Corey
    Long winded and often repetitive. Occasionally some real gems, philosophical insights worth noting. He takes a long, long time showing that applying laws appropriate to the physical sciences don't work well when applied to humans because humans unlike atoms have independent purpose and motive.
  • Curtis
    A set of five essays on liberty and some assorted other writings from his papers. The essay on JS Mill was one of the best things I've read in a long time.Philosophy discussion group--> book reviews-->
  • Flowquietly
    left more confused as to what'Freedom' really is, but an enlightening read all the same. He does waffle on a bit though which made the reading a bit labourious.
  • Alfred
    An influential and important work in the study of freedom and rights.
  • Melissa
    It makes you think and is very actual even though it was written a while ago.
  • Vilis
    Politiskā filozofija nav mana stiprā puse (un eseju par Millu izlasīšu pēc tam, kad būšu lasījis Millu).
  • Humphrey
    Good stuff, particularly, of course, the distinction of negative and positive liberty.
  • Ine
    Everyone should read this.