By Isaiah Berlin, Henry Hardy, Michael Ignatieff
"The fox understands many stuff, however the hedgehog is aware one giant thing." This old Greek aphorism, preserved in a fraction from the poet Archilochus, describes the vital thesis of Isaiah Berlin's masterly essay on Leo Tolstoy and the philosophy of background, the topic of the epilogue to War and Peace. even though there were many interpretations of the adage, Berlin makes use of it to mark a basic contrast among people who're excited about the limitless number of issues and people who relate every little thing to a significant, all-embracing method. utilized to Tolstoy, the asserting illuminates a paradox that is helping clarify his philosophy of background: Tolstoy used to be a fox, yet believed in being a hedgehog. one among Berlin's so much celebrated works, this impressive essay deals profound insights approximately Tolstoy, old knowing, and human psychology.
This re-creation incorporates a revised textual content that supplants all earlier models, English translations of the various passages in international languages, a brand new foreword during which Berlin biographer Michael Ignatieff explains the long-lasting allure of Berlin's essay, and a brand new appendix that gives wealthy context, together with excerpts from experiences and Berlin's letters, in addition to a startling new interpretation of Archilochus's epigram.