Isaiah Berlin’s The Proper Study Of Mankind

In Alexander Pope’s immortal “Essay On Man,” the poet reminds his reader of a Socratic principle: “Know then thyself, presume not God to scan; / The proper study of mankind is man.” This is Isaiah Berlin’s undertaking in The Proper Study […]

Isaiah Berlin’s The Crooked Timber Of Humanity

Isaiah Berlin has been on my reading list for over a year, but that list is long and he was quickly buried by further additions. And then I happened, by accident, on the Philosophy section of a local bookstore, and […]