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Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 131, 2004 Lectures$
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P. J. Marshall

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263518

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263518.001.0001

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Nomad’s Progress

Nomad’s Progress

Isaiah Berlin Lecture

(p.443) Nomad’s Progress
Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 131, 2004 Lectures

Lord Sutherland

British Academy

This lecture discusses the usefulness, the appropriateness, and the viability of the metaphor of pilgrimage, as it is applied in the post-twentieth century world to the search for moral and spiritual fulfilment. The lecture suggests some parallels with Isaiah Berlin's rejection of the central premise in utopian thought, where the idea of a perfect whole where all good things existed was coherent. It is also implied that there were parallels to some concerns in the recent work of Alasdair MacIntyre and Ernest Gellner; several themes that were central to their theses are identified.

Keywords:   metaphor of pilgrimage, moral and spiritual fulfilment, utopian thought, perfect whole, central themes, Alasdair MacIntyre, Ernest Gellner

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