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Isaiah Berlin
1909 - 1997

In its obituary, The New York Times said that Sir Isaiah Berlin was "a staunch advocate of pluralism in a century in which totalitarians and utopians claimed title to the one, single truth, Sir Isaiah considered the very notion that there could be one final answer to organizing human society a dangerous illusion that would lead to nothing but bloodshed, coercion, and deprivation of liberty." He is best known for his essays, including "Two Concepts of Liberty" (1959) and "The Hedgehog and the Fox" (1953).

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Concepts And Categories: Philosophical Essays
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Four Essays on Liberty
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Hedgehog and the Fox, The: An Essay on Tolstoy's View of History
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Power Of Ideas, The
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Those who have ever valued liberty for its own sake believed that to be free to choose, and not to be chosen for, is an inalienable ingredient in what makes human beings human.

1959 - from his essay "Two Concepts of Liberty"
Liberty is liberty, not equality or fairness or justice or human happiness or a quiet conscience.

1959 - from Two Concepts of Liberty
If we wish to live in the light of reason, we must follow rules or principles; for that is what being rational is.