It was, of course, Isaiah Berlin who famously stated in a 1953 essay: "There is a line among the fragments of the Greek poet Archilochus
which says: 'The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.'" (6) Berlin proceeded to explain that certain scholars are like foxes because they are fast and clever and pursue many ends and hold many ideas not all of which are related or consistent, and others are like hedgehogs because they seek gradually to reveal a single central vision that is more or less coherent.
Mae dyfyniad enwog Archilochus
ar ddechrau'r nofel, "Mae'r llwynog yn gwybod llawer o bethau, ond mae'r draenog yn gwybod un peth mawr", yn rhyw linyn cysylltiol rhwng y penodau sy'n dilyn.
In Mississippi gardens, the hummingbirds that visit will more than likely be Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, Archilochus
Stealing Hilary Putnam's appropriation via Isaiah Berlin of a fragment attributed to Archilochus
, unlike those thinkers akin to foxes who knows many little things, Levinas is a hedgehog who knows one big thing: that 'one big thing' that his entire philosophy can be seen as unpacking is the claim that 'ethics is first philosophy'.
Greek poet Archilochus
: "The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing." The essay is on the intellectual travail of Leo Tolstoy--a natural fox in Berlin's reading, who, in his search for the unifying principle controlling the multiplicity of human actions, longed to be a hedgehog.
(3) Berlin himself borrowed the idea from Archilochus
, the Ancient Geek poet who wrote that, 'The fox knows many things.
The Greek poet Archilochus
(c 680-645 BC) wrote, "The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing." This quote echoed widely after being used by the British philosopher and historian of ideas Isaiah Berlin (1909-1997) in his essay on Leo Tolstoy (1, 2).
This psychological framework, often purported to be first outlined by the Greek poet Archilochus
(though some attribute it to philosopher Isaiah Berlin, or even to management guru Jim Collins) is a contrast between those people who are exceptionally strong at one thing (specialists, or hedgehogs) or modestly good at many things (generalists, or foxes).
It takes its name from a fragment of verse by the Greek poet Archilochus
: "The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing." Id.
He further states that while he followed the meter and spirit of Archilochus
, his own iambi did not follow the matter and attacking words that drove the daughters of Lycambes to commit suicide (Epist.
To reveal the essence of Blum's character, Birnbaum seems to have used the distinction made by Archilochus
, "The fox knows many little things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing," which was brilliantly employed in Isaiah Berlin's The Hedgehog and the Fox (1953) to explore Leo Tolstoy's concept of history in War and Peace.
(2009), "Heraclitus B42: On Homer and Archilochus
", in E.