The Purpose Justifies the Ways

Isaiah Berlin

in Liberty

Published in print March 2002 | ISBN: 9780199249893
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598807 | DOI:
The Purpose Justifies the Ways

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This short story, written when Berlin was twelve, is his first surviving essay. It reveals the disposition that found expression in his more mature work. Berlin contrasts the settled life of ‘a cosy little home’ with the crude consequentialism of Commissar Uritsky and its destructive effects. The story is a morality tale: Uritsky meets his just end.

Keywords: Isaiah Berlin; consequentialism; morality

Chapter.  1765 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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