The Hedgehog and the Fox by Isaiah Berlin

"The Hedgehog and the Fox" is an essay that presents a philosophical and intellectual dichotomy based on a line from an ancient Greek poet, "The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing." The author uses this concept to categorize thinkers and writers into two groups: hedgehogs, who view the world through the lens of a single defining idea, and foxes, who draw on a wide variety of experiences and for whom the world cannot be boiled down to a single idea. The author uses this framework to analyze the works of various historical figures and philosophers.

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