Pluralism, Relativism, and Liberalism

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In Isaiah Berlin’s moral and political thought no set of issues has attracted more attention in recent years than that concerning his concept of ‘value pluralism’. What should we understand by this idea? What are its sources? What is its relation with liberalism and other political views? Berlin throws out various responses to these questions, not all of them consistent with one another, and none of them systematically developed. Consequently, vigorous controversies have arisen as to what Berlin intends, whether he is right, and how these questions might be answered independently of Berlin’s views.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Cambridge Companion to Isaiah Berlin
EditorsJoshua Cherniss, Steven Smith
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781316481448
ISBN (Print)9781107138506
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2018

Publication series

NameCambridge Companions in Philosophy
PublisherCambridge University Press


  • Isaiah Berlin
  • Value pluralism
  • relativism
  • liberalism


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