The Philosophy of History: A Value-Pluralist Response

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    Vittorio Hösle's evaluation of the Soviet Revolution on the ground of the philosophy of history can be usefully examined from the value-pluralist perspective of Isaiah Berlin. Although Berlinwould agree with most ofHösle's judgements on the Revolution, he would do so for very different reasons. Most importantly, Berlin would not accept the teleology that lies at the heart of the philosophy of history. For Berlin, the notion of a human telos to be realized at the end of history is a species of moral monism, and so falsified, indeed rendered incoherent, by the deeply pluralist reality of human values. However, Berlin's pluralism also seems to present a problem for the justification of liberalism, and I consider a range of responses to this difficulty.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)223-239
    Number of pages17
    JournalAnalyse & Kritik
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2017


    • ethical evaluation
    • Isaiah Berlin
    • liberalism
    • philosophy of history
    • Soviet Revolution
    • value pluralism
    • Vittorio Hösle


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