Isaiah Berlin

November 27, 2007

The next PhiloHist session will be on Friday 7th December in SSEES, room 535 (click on the ‘locations’ tab for the address and a map)

We will read an essay by Isaiah Berlin, “Historical Inevitability”. This can be found in the various editions listed below, but as far as I know they are all the same.

I. Berlin, Historical Inevitability (Oxford UP, 1959)

“Historical Inevitability” in I. Berlin, Four Essays on Liberty (Oxford UP, 1969)

“Historical Inevitability” in I. Berlin, Liberty: Incorporating ‘Four Essays on Liberty’ (Oxford UP, 2002) ed. Henry Hardy.

“Historical Inevitability” in I. Berlin, The Proper Study of Mankind: An Anthology of Essays (Chatto & Windus, 1997) eds. Henry Hardy & Roger Hausheer

UCL students can also access it online through Oxford Scholarship Online by clicking here and then typing ‘Isaiah Berlin’ in the quick search box. If my link does not work, go to the Ebooks home page, and find the link to Oxford Scholarsip Online.

In any case, I think there will be enough copies in the various editions for everyone to get it in book form.

If you have any problems finding a copy, please contact me: s.pawley@”REMOVE”


History, evidence, interpretation

November 11, 2007

The next meeting will be on Friday 23 November at 5pm in SSEES (14 Taviton Street) room 535. All welcome!

For the next session, we will read two short articles examining the nature of evidence, historical interpretation, and standards of proof. This will link with issues about the status of history raised in earlier sessions on Hayden White and Paul Ricoeur. The articles are:

Wendie Ellen Schneider, “Past Imperfect: Irving vs. Penguin books” The Yale Law Journal Vol. 110, No. 8 (Jun., 2001), pp. 1531-1545.

and Carlo Ginzburg, “Just one Witness” in Saul Friedlander (ed.) Probing the Limits of Representation: Nazism and the ‘Final Solution’ (Harvard University Press, 1992) pp. 82-96.

Thanks to Clare for the suggestion.