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9.4.08

Not just about bikes

there are hedgehogs
& foxes too


What does any of this have to do with Sir Isaiah Berlin? A large proportion of my 1000+ books deals with the very issues Berlin raised in his long career in the UK as the 20th Century's greatest liberal philosopher. Borrowing from the Greek poet, Archilochus, he divided his fellow philosophers into two groups: the foxes who know many things and the hedgehogs who know one big thing.

Most of us who love to think about the world around us struggle over whether we're one or the other ... or perhaps both from time to time. And that's why I have this blog: I'm a fox who wishes that he were a hedgehog. Besides, putting Berlin's ideas together with books and bikes is something your typical fox would do.

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