Reading Group: Two Concepts of Liberty by Isaiah Berlin

March 2, 2015 by  

CaptureOn Thursday, February 26 the Common Sense Society hosted a Reading Group featuring “Two Concepts of Liberty” by Isaiah Berlin. “Isaiah Berlin (1909–97) was a British philosopher, historian of ideas, political theorist, educator and essayist. For much of his life he was renowned for his conversational brilliance, his defence of liberalism, his attacks on political extremism and intellectual fanaticism, and his accessible, coruscating writings on the history of ideas. His essay Two Concepts of Liberty (1958) contributed to a revival of interest in political theory in the English-speaking world, and remains one of the most influential and widely discussed texts in that field: admirers and critics agree that Berlin’s distinction between positive and negative liberty remains, for better or worse, a basic starting-point for theoretical discussions of the meaning and value of political freedom.” – Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy; The discussion was led by Joshua Dill, Pannonius Fellow and graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.

To read the summary of the essay compiled by Joshua Dill, click here.


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