IBNA- Philosophy book 'Isaiah Berlin: An Interpretation of His Thought' (1995) by English political philosopher John N. Gray which describes the challenges of Berlin with western thinking has been rendered into Persian and published.
Elaborating on the ideas of a heavyweight intellectual, the book has been translated into Persian by veteran Iranian translator Khashayar Daihimi. Farhang-e Nashr-e No Publishing in collaboration with Asim Publishing have released 'Isaiah Berlin: An Interpretation of His Thought’ in 245 pages and 1100 copies.
In 1921, at the age of eleven, Isaiah Berlin arrived in England from Riga, Latvia. By the time he was thirty he was at the heart of British intellectual life. He has remained its commanding presence ever since, and few would dispute that he was one of Britain's greatest thinkers. His reputation extends worldwide--as a great conversationalist, intellectual historian, and man of letters. He has been called the century's most inspired reader.
Yet Berlin's contributions to thought- in particular to moral and political philosophy, and to liberal theory- are little understood, and surprisingly neglected by the academic world. In this book, they are shown to be animated by a single, powerful, subversive idea: value-pluralism which affirms the reality of a deep conflict between ultimate human values that reason cannot resolve.
Though bracingly clear-headed, humane and realist, Berlin's value-pluralism runs against the dominant Western traditions, secular and religious, which avow an ultimate harmony of values. It supports a highly distinctive restatement of liberalism in Berlin's work- an agnostic liberalism, which is founded not on rational choice but on the radical choices we make when faced with intractable dilemmas.
It is this new statement of liberalism, the central subject of John Gray's lively and lucid book, which gives the liberal intellectual tradition a new lease on life, a new source of life, and which comprises Berlin's central and enduring legacy.
John Gray’s interests lies in analytic philosophy and the history of ideas. He retired in 2008 as School Professor of European Thought at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He contributes regularly to ‘The Guardian’, ‘The Times Literary Supplement’ and ‘The New Statesman’, where he is the lead book reviewer.