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Isaiah Berlin

1909 - 1997

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Sir Isaiah Berlin (24 May/6 June 1909 – 5 November 1997) was a Russian-British social and political theorist, philosopher, and historian of ideas. Although he became increasingly averse to writing for publication, his improvised lectures and talks were sometimes recorded and transcribed, and many of his spoken words were converted into published essays and books, both by himself and by others, especially his principal editor from 1974, Henry Hardy. Born in Riga (now the capital of Latvia, then a part of the Russian Empire) in 1909, he moved to Petrograd, Russia, at the age of six, where he witnessed the revolutions of 1917. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Isaiah Berlin has received more than 1,368,971 page views. His biography is available in 56 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 54 in 2019). Isaiah Berlin is the 222nd most popular philosopher (up from 244th in 2019), the 5th most popular biography from Latvia and the most popular Latvian Philosopher.

Isaiah Berlin is most famous for his essay "Two Concepts of Liberty."

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Among philosophers, Isaiah Berlin ranks 222 out of 1,081Before him are Joseph de Maistre, Chilon of Sparta, Bias of Priene, Slavoj Žižek, Benedetto Croce, and Miguel de Unamuno. After him are Baltasar Gracián, Paul Feyerabend, Giorgio Agamben, Milarepa, Bernard Bolzano, and Bayazid Bastami.

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Among people born in 1909, Isaiah Berlin ranks 14Before him are Mohammed Daoud Khan, Francis Bacon, Victor Borge, Nicholas Winton, U Thant, and Rita Levi-Montalcini. After him are Kwame Nkrumah, Mohammed V of Morocco, Li Xiannian, Ernst Gombrich, Errol Flynn, and Talal of Jordan. Among people deceased in 1997, Isaiah Berlin ranks 18Before him are Anton LaVey, Paulo Freire, Israel Kamakawiwoʻole, Bohumil Hrabal, The Notorious B.I.G., and Hans Eysenck. After him are William S. Burroughs, Sviatoslav Richter, Melvin Calvin, Robert Mitchum, Allen Ginsberg, and Roy Lichtenstein.

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Among people born in Latvia, Isaiah Berlin ranks 5 out of 284Before him are Sergei Eisenstein (1898), Wilhelm Ostwald (1853), Mark Rothko (1903), and Mikhail Tal (1936). After him are Michael Andreas Barclay de Tolly (1761), Nicolai Hartmann (1882), Mikhail Baryshnikov (1948), Mariss Jansons (1943), Kārlis Ulmanis (1877), Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga (1937), and Aron Nimzowitsch (1886).


Among philosophers born in Latvia, Isaiah Berlin ranks 1After him are Nicolai Hartmann (1882), Abraham Isaac Kook (1865), Yeshayahu Leibowitz (1903), and Nikolay Lossky (1870).