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P. J. Marshall

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264249

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264249.001.0001

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The Search for Perfection: Atlantic Dimensions

The Search for Perfection: Atlantic Dimensions

Isaiah Berlin Lecture

(p.135) The Search for Perfection: Atlantic Dimensions
Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 151, 2006 Lectures

Bernard Bailyn

British Academy

This lecture discusses a ‘recipe for bloodshed’ in terms of the popular derivatives of Isaiah Berlin's doctrines, instead of the formal discourses he discussed. It presents a sketch of the fate of perfectionist aspirations in the open amplitudes of the Western Hemisphere. The lecture presents a review of several perfectionist projects of Atlantic dimensions, concluding that the horrors Berlin deplored were derived not from the search for perfection, but from the uses and misuses of power.

Keywords:   recipe for bloodshed, Isaiah Berlin, formal discourses, perfectionist aspirations, perfectionist projects, Atlantic dimensions, uses and misuses of power

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