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Peter Watson begin sy boek, A Terrible Beauty – The People and Ideas that Shaped the Modern Mind, met ‘n staaltjie oor die filosoof Isaiah Berlin:

Interviewed on BBC television in 1997, shortly before his death, Sir Isaiah Berlin, the Oxford philosopher and historian of ideas, was asked what had been the most surprising thing about his long life. He was born in Riga in 1909, the son of a Jewish timber merchant, and was seven and a half years old when he witnessed the start of the February Revolution in Petrograd from the family’s flat above a ceramics factory. He replied, ‘The mere fact that I shall have lived so peacefully and so happily through such horrors. The world was exposed to the worst century there has ever been from the point of view of crude inhumanity, of savage destruction of mankind, for no good reason,… And yet, here I am, untouched by all this, … That seems to me quite astounding.’

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Written by George Maru

19 Junie 2007 at 12:27

Posted in aanhalings

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  1. ek het geweet baudrillard is vroeër vanjaar dood, maar nie van oom berlin nie. eish.

    Johan Swarts

    19 Junie 2007 at 20:11


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