The Counter-Enlightenment of Isaiah Berlin (1909-1997)

posted Jun 2, 2010, 12:17 AM by Professor Katz   [ updated Jun 2, 2010, 12:46 AM ]
Isaiah Berlin was a great talker, and many of his lectures and and miscellaneous writings are still being published.  But the best thing he ever wrote, I think, is his essay on 'The Counter-Enlightenment'.  It appeared as the first chaper in one of the volumes of his collected essays, Against the Current (London, 1979).  There is also a Hebrew version:
 י. ברלין, 'ההשכלה-שכנגד', בספרו נגד הזרם (תל אביב, 1986), ע"ע 57-84

In fact, that essay began life as an entry in the Dictionary of the History of Ideas, entitled THE COUNTER-ENLIGHTENMENT.  You can read the text online.