In 1953 Isaiah Berlin published a book called The Hedgehog and the Fox. Foxes, he wrote, are people who know many things; hedgehogs know one big thing.
It was in part a study of Berlin's literary hero, Tolstoy, whom he described as a fox who wished at times that he was a hedgehog.
Isaiah Berlin was perhaps also a fox, intrigued by many ideas, unendingly curious, open-minded and pleading above all for tolerance.
Great Thinker: Isaiah Berlin
Philosopher and political thinker Sir Isaiah Berlin BBC Saturday, November 8, 1997 Published The philosopher and historian of ideas Sir Isaiah Berlin died in Oxford on Wednesday aged 88. Thought by many to be the…