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IN SEARCH OF ISAIAH BERLIN: A LITERARY ADVENTURE – correction to previous email

6th June 2019

Monday 10th June 2019, at Open Russia, 67 Wimpole Street, London W1G 8AP at 6.30 for 7.00pm


IN SEARCH OF ISAIAH BERLIN:  A LITERARY ADVENTURE”                          DR. HENRY HARDY in conversation with DR. PETER OPPENHEIMER (his Oxford Interlocutor)

Isaiah Berlin (1909-19970 was one of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century – a man who set ideas on fire. His defence of freedom and variety was passionate and persuasive and has been an inspiration to many. The prescience and vitality of his ideas- especially his reasoned rejection of excessive certainty and political despotism are increasingly evident in today’s world. But who was the man behind such influential views? Henry Hardy, Berlin’s decades-long editor and collaborator, has written an intimate, revealing and a moving portrait of the self-deprecating philosopher, and will be elaborating on it at this event. Sir Isaiah Berlin, born in Riga Latvia in  Tsarist Russia, became a long time Council Member of The GB-USSR Association, a forerunner of our Society.

A conversation with illustrations and video clips– then questions & answers

Henry Hardy met Berlin in 1972 as a graduate student at Wolfson College, Oxford, of which Berlin was the founding President. Dr. Hardy’s publishing career has included thirteen years as an editor at Oxford University Press. He has worked as Berlin’s editor for the last 45 years, publishing 18 volumes of Berlin’s work, and a four- volume edition of his letters. He is now an Honorary Fellow of Wolfson College, and a trustee of the Isaiah Berlin Literary Trust.  

Peter Oppenheimer is a retired Oxford University Economics Don, a Russianist and former President  (2000-2008) of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. He and a number of his in-laws were long-standing friends of Sir Isaiah Berlin.

A unique portrait of a man who gave us a new way of  thinking about the human predicament, yet most of whose work for the whole of his life remained largely unsorted, out of circulation and unprinted.

Copies of the hardback “In Search of Isaiah Berlin: A Literary Adventure” list price £20 will be on sale at just £13.50. Please bring the exact cash. We have no facility to accept credit or debit cards.

 

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