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Historical Inevitability

Isaiah Berlin

in Liberty

Published in print March 2002 | ISBN: 9780199249893
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598807 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019924989X.003.0003
 Historical Inevitability

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Berlin's position in ‘Political Ideas’ postulated a human ability to make free choices. His lecture ‘Historical Inevitability’ attacked determinism as a foundation of the view that ‘the world has a direction’ and that society is governed by deterministic laws. Instead, Berlin suggested that determinism was implausible, because it would require radical changes in our ‘moral and psychological categories.’

Keywords: Isaiah Berlin; categories; determinism; free choice; Inevitability; law

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Subjects: Political Theory

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