"The aim 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 provides 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 conception, the historical past of rules, and the philosophy of heritage. 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 ideas and categories--that males carry to their lifestyles and that support shape that life. all through, his writing is trained through his excessive awareness of the plurality of values, the character of old figuring out, and of the fragility of human freedom within the face of inflexible dogma.
This re-creation provides a couple of formerly uncollected items that throw extra gentle on Berlin's important philosophical matters, and a revealing trade of letters with the editor and Bernard Williams in regards to the genesis of the book.