Mohammed Amin Amin itibaren 87040 Cavallerizzo CS, İtalya
A word of warning must be sounded about Isaiah Berlin's books. I like this one when I first read it, as well as "Crooked Timber of Humanity", but since getting into the authors he talks about more deeply I've found that the way that he often characterizes them is at variance with how they're looked at by scholars in their own countries and in their own languages, with at times an almost willful distortion of the actual ideas that the people espoused. Two general examples of this are his treatment of de Maistre as being a kind of bloodthirsty pseudo-fascist and of Fichte as being purely an authoritarian nationalist. De Maistre was an ultra-conservative writing against the French Revolution, but Berlin distorts a quote from his "St. Petersberg Dialogues" to make it sound like he supports murder as a necessary thing for society. Fichte, who became a conservative later in life, is looked at as a proto-type for fascist nationalism because of his "Addresses to the German Nation", without a mention that Fichte was previously one of the most radical liberal of the Idealist philosophers and that his philosophical positions were established during this time. The fact is that his playing somewhat fast and loose with the facts has most probably gone unnoticed because the authors he talks about are virtually unknown in the United States. But they aren't unknown elsewhere.