What Isaiah Berlin Taught Me

November 18, 2014 6:23 PM

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My girlfriend didn't want to go. I had received an invitation for a lecture on "Oxford in the '30s" to be given by Sir Isaiah Berlin in the spring of 1974 at Balliol College's Holywell Manor.

Sir Isaiah was then the founder and President of Wolfson College and had agreed to reminisce about his experiences at Oxford in the heyday of the 1930s when A.J. Ayer, P.F. Strawson, and a host of other extraordinary philosophers and historians were achieving international renown. At the time, I was...

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