The Hedgehog and the Fox Princeton University Press To the Editors: Two topics that chanced to surface in a recent issue (NYR, March 20) conspire, in my mind, to request space to appeal to fellow readers for aid in resolving a problem that has long bothered me. The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.” This ancient Greek aphorism, preserved in a fragment from the poet Archilochus, describes the central thesis of Isaiah Berlin’s masterly essay on Leo Tolstoy and the philosophy of history, the subject of the epilogue to War and Peace.

Your social life Are you a fox or a hedgehog? - Big Think Before I am through, I hope to have convinced others that it is worth pursuing. Your social life Are you a fox or a hedgehog. Philosopher Isaiah Berlin used the fox and hedgehog distinction in his brilliant essay about Leo Tolstoy’s view of history and his longing for.

The Reality Behind Isaiah Berlin's Fox-and-Hedgehog Essay - WSJ One of the topics is the question of the meaning of Hannah Arendt’s now often (mis)quoted phrase, “the banality of evil”: one of your readers attempts in the letters column to straighten out an earlier reviewer and—or so I feel—it is the letter-writer who makes the proper points. The joint authors of the review of Isaiah Berlin’s writings refer (p. In a famous essay, the Oxford philosopher Isaiah Berlin divided thinkers into two categories, hedgehogs and foxes. The distinction comes from a saying of the ancient Greek poet Archilochus "The.

Are You A Hedgehog or a Fox—And Why Should you Care? 36) to another oftquoted phrase—in this instance, Berlin’s use of a fragment of Archilochus, the early Greek poet, for epigram, title, and governing metaphor of his essay, “The Hedgehog and the Fox.” As quoted by Berlin, Archilochus is saying: “The fox knows many little things. But mostly, he sets up the contrast between the two as a competition over who is a winner and who is a loser. In his analogy, the fox is always trying to “eat” the hedgehog. But the hedgehog just hunkers down in a ball and protects himself until the fox gets tired or distracted and then continues on his journey.

HEDGEHOG AND FOX - Isaiah Berlin The hedgehog knows one big thing.” Berlin then proceeds to compare Tolstoy, the “fox,” to Dostoevsky, the “hedgehog,” and before he is through the Archilochus epigram seems to be saying that there are two different ways of approaching or knowing reality—put quite simplistically, the way of the far-ranging generalist and the way of the concentrated specialist. HEDGEHOG AND FOX 2 but the hedgehog knows one big thing’ ‘The Hedgehog and the Fox’, in Berlin 1978c, 22. The contrast is a metaphor for the crucial distinction at the heart of Berlin’s thought between monist and pluralist accounts of moral value. According to monism, a single value or narrow set of values overrides all others, while on