Why is liberty valuable? Because it is an end in itself, because it is what it is. To bring it as a sacrifice to something else is simply to perform an act of human sacrifice.
Alexander Herzen’i tsiteerib A.N.Wilson essees, mis käsitleb peamiselt Isaiah Berlin’i valitud kirjade teist osa ja esseekogumiku Berlinist, kus Isaiah paistab silma mitte just kõige…paremas valguses:
If these letters had not been published, I should have gone on thinking of Berlin as a very jolly diner out who wrote some delightfully well-turned essays about European thinkers and writers. He did for Belinsky and Herzen what Bowra did for Homer and David Cecil did for Lord M: that is, made them accessible to intelligent student audiences and general readers. As it is, the hyperbole of the encomia in The Book of Isaiah, combined with the malicious, snobbish, boastful, cowardly, pompous loghorrhoea of the Letters leave a far less pleasing impression.
Categorised as: ...