Simtul realitatii

Sir Isaiah Berlin (1909-1997): “If there were a final solution, a final pattern in which society could be arranged, to rebel against which would be sinful, for it was ultimate salvation, liberty would become a sin. By refuting this sinister view, by furnishing perpetual examples of its falsity, philosophy serves the cause of liberty. (…) This is why all the enemies of freedom automatically round upon intellectuals, like the Communists and Fascists, and make them their first victims; rightly, for they are the great disseminators of those critical ideas which as a rule the great philosophers are the first to formulate. All others may be brought into conformity with the new despotism; only they, whether they want it or not, are in principle incapable of being assimilated into it. This is glory enough for human activity.” (“The Sense of Reality: Studies in Ideas and Their History”, New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1996, pp. 75-76)

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