Concepts and Categories: Philosophical Essays, Second Edition

Concepts and Categories: Philosophical Essays, Second Edition

"The objective of philosophy is usually a similar, to help males to appreciate themselves and hence to function within the open, no longer wildly within the dark."--Isaiah Berlin

This quantity of Isaiah Berlin's essays offers the sweep of his contributions to philosophy from his early participation within the debates surrounding logical positivism to his later paintings, which extra obviously displays his life-long curiosity in political thought, the heritage of rules, and the philosophy of background. the following Berlin describes his view of the character of philosophy, and of its major job: to discover some of the types and presuppositions--the recommendations and categories--that males convey to their life and that support shape that lifestyles. all through, his writing is educated via his excessive awareness of the plurality of values, the character of historic knowing, and of the fragility of human freedom within the face of inflexible dogma.

This new version provides a couple of formerly uncollected items that throw extra gentle on Berlin's crucial philosophical matters, and a revealing alternate of letters with the editor and Bernard Williams in regards to the genesis of the book.

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