From Hope and Fear Set Free

Isaiah Berlin

in Liberty

Published in print March 2002 | ISBN: 9780199249893
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598807 | DOI:
From Hope and Fear Set Free

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Berlin’s presidential address to the Aristotelian Society dealt with one important gap in his conceptual wall against totalitarianism. If to be free implied knowledge and the exercise of reason, then the distinction between negative and positive views of liberty might be hard to maintain. Berlin argued that knowledge does not always liberate, which implies that freedom does not always depend on knowledge.

Keywords: Aristotelian Society; Isaiah Berlin; knowledge; liberty; negative liberty; positive liberty; totalitarianism

Chapter.  12109 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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