Friday, October 24, 2014

Verily, Verily, I Say Unto Thee

Isaiah Berlin was one of my most formative intellectual influences. He single-handedly engendered my enduring fascination with the history of ideas. I plan on re-reading all of his books soon, right after I get caught up on all the new books I've accumulated recently. Which brings me to my point: the NYRB has republished a short acceptance speech of his from twenty years ago which elegantly encapsulates a couple of his most fundamental, recurring themes. If you decide to go read it — and I do implore you to, as it would be bad form for me to copy and paste the entire thing, a powerful temptation indeed — you may well gain a new appreciation for the ironic wink toward Sir Isaiah contained within the name of this very blog.