Essäer om frihet

I veckan besökte jag Stockholm för att närvara vid lanseringen av en nyutgåva av Isaiah Berlins essäer om frihet. Jag har medverkat till boken på ett hörn, nämligen genom att översätta den på svenska tidigare opublicerade essän ”From Hope and Fear Set Free”. Så jag vill passa på att göra lite reklam för boken, en perfekt julklapp till gammelfaster! Fortsätt läsa Essäer om frihet

Political theory as a subfield of political science

This essay was written in january as part of an exam in a course titled ”Social Studies of Science”. My field of study would probably best be described as political theory, and more broadly, political science. The label of ‘political theory’, however, cover a very broad range of intellectual interests and pursuits, and one may even doubt that there exist enough commonality as to warrant one to speak of a “field” in any determinate manner. This vagueness of my field of study, and its rather insecure institutional place within academia, is actually part of what I would like to discuss … Fortsätt läsa Political theory as a subfield of political science

Isaiah Berlin and the Liberal Dilemma of Education

Below is the introduction to my paper ‘Isaiah Berlin and the Liberal Dilemma of Education’ (unpublished). * * * * Liberal-democratic societies are often faced with a dilemma regarding educational policy. While inclined to proclaim individual autonomy and critical thinking to be vital educational aims in its public schools, and as necessary conditions for running private schools, liberal democracies often incorporate cultural or religious minorities that will feel threatened by such aims. These groups might claim that such an education threaten the values, perhaps even survival, of their community. Hence they might demand that, in the name of tolerance and … Fortsätt läsa Isaiah Berlin and the Liberal Dilemma of Education

Isaiah Berlin och det liberala dilemmat gällande utbildning

Som vissa av bloggens läsare vet så skriver jag för tillfället på en uppsats angående ett liberalt dilemma angående utbildning. Dilemmat formuleras bra av Eamonn Callan: [S]ome people want to deny their own children particular educational opportunities or experiences that are widely regarded as necessary to the good of every individual child. They want this not out of malice toward their children but because they sincerely subscribe to an understanding of what counts as a good human life that is repugnant to the cultural mainstream. That understanding entails a conception of education that seems deeply harmful to children from the … Fortsätt läsa Isaiah Berlin och det liberala dilemmat gällande utbildning

Den ytliga liberala människosynen — och det totalitära alternativet.

Artikeln ‘The Silence in Russian Culture’ publicerades i Foreign Affairs 1957. Isaiah Berlin beskriver där bland annat den intellektuella bakgrunden till den sovjetiska totalitarianismen. Over a century ago Russian critics denounced European civilization for its lack of understanding. It seemed to them characteristic of the morally desiccated, limited thinkers of the West to maintain that human activities were not all necessarily interconnected with each other – that what a man did as a writer was one thing and what he did as a citizen was another; that a man might be a good chemist and yet maltreat his family or … Fortsätt läsa Den ytliga liberala människosynen — och det totalitära alternativet.

Isaiah Berlin och upplysningen

En god vän har uppmärksammat mig på att en understreckare häromdagen framförde en märklig synpunkt på Isaiah Berlin. En skribent vid namn Clas Johan Gardell skriver om en bok av Zeev Sternhell under titeln ‘Motupplysningen lade grunden för fascismen‘. Sternhell följer den intellektuella produktionen från Vico till vår tids religiösa fundamentalister och placerar många tänkare på kontraupplysningens parnass. [. . .] Kalla krigets totalitarism-teoretiker, som Jakob Talmon och den brittiske filosofen Isaiah Berlin på 1950- talet, fördömde upplysningsfilosofin och hävdade att Rousseaus och Voltaires tankar var ansvariga för den ryska revolutionen och det stalinistiska skräckväldet. I en intervju 1990, när … Fortsätt läsa Isaiah Berlin och upplysningen