Response to Fox and Hedgehog Berlin

Response to Fox and Hedgehog Berlin - Julianna Ritter...

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Julianna Ritter Hedgehog and the Fox Berlin’s Thesis: While foxes pursue various interpretations of the world, hedgehogs seem to focus on one central idea. Tolstoy is caught in the middle of these two categories: while he persists like a fox through his gifts and achievements, his personal beliefs are of a hedgehog quality. Tolstoy’s own work is what causes the misinterpretation of his category. The essay is in attempt to understand Tolstoy’s personal theories of history through the analysis his novel War and Peace not to centralize one idea for an entire audience (“the fate of all mankind”) but rather to gain a keener insight to Tolstoy’s personal philosophy (“light it casts on a single man of genius). Berlin claims that history is ‘one of the most backward of sciences – a science which has lost its proper aim’ and ‘history does not reveal causes; it presents only a blank succession of unexplained events” (30). Berlin asserts Tolstoy believed it to be the historian’s fault by
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This note was uploaded on 08/15/2011 for the course COMP LIT 375 taught by Professor Bojanowska during the Spring '11 term at Rutgers.

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