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Reading the Classics of Social Sciences: Isaiah Berlin

October 15, 2019 at 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM

Location:A602 Loeb Building

The aim of this activity is to bring together Faculty members, graduate students and advanced undergraduate students from different disciplines to read and discuss books that have left a significant mark in the social sciences and humanities. This reading group is the opportunity to join us in a collective effort to read great works more closely and to partake in a productive interdisciplinary dialogue.

This year we are turning our attention to a more recent “classic” of the social sciences:  Isaiah Berlin. Famous for his essays such as “Two Concepts of Liberty” and “The Hedgehog and the Fox”, Berlin has become a reference when reflecting on liberty and value pluralism.

For the first session, we will discuss Isaiah Berlin’s essay entitled “The Pursuit of the Ideal” (you can find a PDF copy online:

Students and Faculty members from other disciplines in the social sciences and humanities are welcome to participate. Please email to receive a PDF copy of the texts under study.