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The Birth of Greek Individualism

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.003.0008
 The Birth of Greek Individualism

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This is the first of the three Storrs Lectures that Berlin gave at Yale University in 1962. It is part of the version of intellectual history that he developed to underwrite his views about politics. This focused especially on the fourth century b.c., the Renaissance and the Romantic movement. The contribution of the Greeks, in this respect, was the discovery that the life and destiny of the individual did not need to be necessarily conceived in terms of his society.

Keywords: Isaiah Berlin; individualism; Storrs Lectures; Renaissance; Romanticism; Yale University

Chapter.  14975 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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