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dc.contributor.authorHatier, Cécile
dc.date.accessioned2008-05-20T19:13:10Z
dc.date.available2008-05-20T19:13:10Z
dc.date.issued2004
dc.identifier.citationThe European Legacy, 9(6): 767-782
dc.identifier.issn10848770
dc.identifier.issn14701316
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/1084877042000311617
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/27159
dc.description.abstractOne of the important—yet often underestimated—dimensions of the intellectual legacy of Isaiah Berlin is his contribution to the demystification of the totalitarian temptation in the twentieth century. This paper starts with an apparent paradox: Berlin is described as a major figure of the anti-totalitarian camp, yet his writings nowhere touch explicitly on the totalitarian regimes of his time. Nonetheless, it is argued that Berlin's notion of “monism,” and his unique insight into the totalitarian mind, are an indirect yet valuable contribution to the understanding of the appeal exercised by totalitarianism within the modern political imagination. Despite Berlin's highly contestable account of the origins of monism—which he situates in the Enlightenment movement—it is asserted that Berlin's denunciation of utopias remains very much pertinent in light of the emergence of new fundamentalist utopias in a post 9/11 world. Consequently, there are grounds from which to dismiss those claims according to which Berlin's work belongs to an age—that of the Cold War—unfamiliar to the present. (Ingenta)
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherLondon: Routledge (Taylor & Francis)
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/routledg/cele/2004/00000009/00000006/art00004
dc.subjectPolitical philosophy
dc.subjectBerlin, Isaiah
dc.subject20th century
dc.subjectLiberalism
dc.subjectLiberal theory
dc.subjectLiberty
dc.subjectTotalitarianism
dc.subjectMonism
dc.subjectAnti-totalitarianism
dc.titleIsaiah Berlin and the totalitarian mind
dc.typeJournal article
dc.identifier.journalThe European Legacy
html.description.abstractOne of the important—yet often underestimated—dimensions of the intellectual legacy of Isaiah Berlin is his contribution to the demystification of the totalitarian temptation in the twentieth century. This paper starts with an apparent paradox: Berlin is described as a major figure of the anti-totalitarian camp, yet his writings nowhere touch explicitly on the totalitarian regimes of his time. Nonetheless, it is argued that Berlin's notion of “monism,” and his unique insight into the totalitarian mind, are an indirect yet valuable contribution to the understanding of the appeal exercised by totalitarianism within the modern political imagination. Despite Berlin's highly contestable account of the origins of monism—which he situates in the Enlightenment movement—it is asserted that Berlin's denunciation of utopias remains very much pertinent in light of the emergence of new fundamentalist utopias in a post 9/11 world. Consequently, there are grounds from which to dismiss those claims according to which Berlin's work belongs to an age—that of the Cold War—unfamiliar to the present. (Ingenta)


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