Isaiah Berlin

1909 - 1997

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Sir Isaiah Berlin (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 1,097,194 page views. His biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 51 in 2019). Isaiah Berlin is the 244th most popular philosopher (down from 235th in 2019), the 5th most popular biography from Latvia (down from 4th in 2019) 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 244 out of 1,089Before him are Judah Loew ben Bezalel, Guy Debord, Iamblichus, Milarepa, Nikolai Berdyaev, and Jacques Maritain. After him are Hans Jonas, Orosius, Apollodorus of Athens, Nicole Oresme, Ibn al-Nafis, and Julius Evola.

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Among people born in 1909, Isaiah Berlin ranks 16Before him are U Thant, Osamu Dazai, Elia Kazan, Errol Flynn, Li Xiannian, and Benny Goodman. After him are Mohammed V of Morocco, Ernst Gombrich, Victor Borge, Mohammed Daoud Khan, Talal of Jordan, and Nicholas Winton. Among people deceased in 1997, Isaiah Berlin ranks 22Before him are Paulo Freire, The Notorious B.I.G., William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Bảo Đại, and Bohumil Hrabal. After him are Clyde Tombaugh, Fred Zinnemann, Dora Maar, Melvin Calvin, Robert Mitchum, and Aldo Rossi.

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Among people born in Latvia, Isaiah Berlin ranks 5 out of 242Before him are Sergei Eisenstein (1898), Wilhelm Ostwald (1853), Mikhail Tal (1936), and Mark Rothko (1903). After him are Michael Andreas Barclay de Tolly (1761), Jānis Lūsis (1939), Nicolai Hartmann (1882), Mariss Jansons (1943), Kārlis Ulmanis (1877), Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga (1937), and Mikhail Baryshnikov (1948).


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).