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The central concept of the Jewish-British philosopher and historian of ideas Sir Isaiah Berlin (1909–1997), who is widely regarded as one of the most eloquent defenders of liberalism in the 20th century and at the same time a pioneer of value pluralism. The work, Two Concepts of Liberty (1958), in which Berlin presented the distinction between positive and negative freedom to the public, became a milestone in the history of politic…

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Dubnov, Arie M., “Liberty”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017. Consulted online on 22 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0240>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20210312

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