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The two faces of Isaiah Berlin

By Tom Chatfield  

Isaiah Berlin: a many of many faces

Can the reputation of one of the 20th century’s greatest liberal thinkers survive the publication of his letters? To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Isaiah Berlin, this week we’re featuring a special online review of the second volume of his letters by writer and television producer David Herman, who teases out some of the many contradictions of Berlin’s correspondence: the snobbery, flattery, double-dealings and lack of introspection; the curious lacunae in…

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