Isaiah Berlin

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In his Mathematical Psychics, published in i88i, Edgeworth asserted that "the first principle of Economics is that every agent is actuated only by self-interest."'1 This view of man has been a persistent one in economic models, and the nature of economic theory seems to have been much influenced by this basic premise. In this essay I would like to examine(More)
0. I have never dedicated an article to a person before. I have considered it to be a pretentious thing to do. Whole books are big things: they are manifestly big enough to warrant the device of a dedication. But to dedicate a mere article seems to imply an immodest belief on the author’s part that the intellectual value of his little piece is pretty(More)
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Much recent philosophical work on social freedom focuses on whether freedom should be understood as non-interference, in the liberal tradition associated with Isaiah Berlin, or as non-domination, in the republican tradition revived by Philip Pettit and Quentin Skinner. We defend a conception of freedom that lies between these two alternatives: freedom as(More)
Do so-called “larger than life” individuals make history, or is it history that makes leaders seem larger than life? This age-old question rises to spectacular relevance and prominence when examining both Asia’s inclination toward soft authoritarians as well as the West’s often thoughtless response to such archetypal leadership. Before exploring the(More)
In recent years a small number of so-called 'counterfactual' or 'what-if' historical books, which ask us to imagine what would have happened if events in the past had turned out differently than they did, have been published. They have stimulated an important, albeit not entirely new, methodological debate about issues and questions which are (or should be)(More)
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