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Berlin, Isaiah

The Hedgehog and the Fox: An Essay on Tolstoy`s View of History

  • Editorial: Phoenix
  • Páginas: 122
  • Año: 2014
  • Precio: 12.70 €
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  • Tamaño: Paperback
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  • EAN: 9781780228426

´The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.´ This fragment of Archilochus, which gives this book its title, describes the central thesis of Isaiah Berlin´s masterly essay on Tolstoy. There have been various interpretations of Archilochus´ fragment; Isaiah Berlin has simply used it, without implying anything about the true meaning of the words, to outline a fundamental distinction that exists in mankind, between those who are fascinated by the infinite variety of things (foxes) and those who relate everything to a central all-embracing system (hedgehogs). When applied to Tolstoy, the image illuminates a paradox of his philosophy of history, and shows why he was frequently misunderstood by his contemporaries and critics. Tolstoy was by nature a fox, but he believed in being a hedgehog.

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