- Henry Hardy
Hardy was educated at
Lancing Collegeand went on to study philosophyat Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and Wolfson College, Oxford, where he met Wolfson's then President, Isaiah Berlin.
Hardy's first major publication was a collection of writings by [http://www.wolfson.ox.ac.uk/~hardy/dugpubs/mallinsonbooks.htm Arnold Mallinson] , an eccentric Oxford clergyman with whom he lodged for a time; he published this work under his own imprint (Robert Dugdale). He also, while still a student, composed a number of musical pieces, which were published many years later as [http://www.wolfson.ox.ac.uk/~hardy/dugpubs/tunes.html "Tunes: Collected Musical Juvenilia"] (2003).
In addition to publishing under the pseudonym Robert Dugdale (since 1974), Hardy worked as an editor at
Oxford University Pressfor many years (1977–1990); he has been a Fellow of Wolfson College since 1990.
Writings of Isaiah Berlin
Hardy's most significant contribution to scholarship has been his editing of the writings of
Isaiah Berlin.Fact|date=January 2008
When Hardy met Berlin in 1972, Berlin was at the height of his fame as an intellectual figure; but he was viewed as not having written very much, and many doubted if he would leave a lasting contribution to scholarship beyond a small number of scattered essays.cite book |title= Isaiah Berlin: A Life |last= Ignatieff |first= Michael |authorlink= Michael Ignatieff |year= 1998 |publisher= Chatto & Windus |location= London |isbn= 0701163259 |oclc= 40332245 | pages= pp. 279–83 ] [cite web |url= http://berlin.wolf.ox.ac.uk/writings_on_ib/hhonib/Editing_Isaiah_Berlin%27s_Writings.htm |title= Editing Isaiah Berlin’s Writings |accessdate=2008-01-22 |date= 1978 ] Hardy's research revealed that Berlin had published well over 150 pieces by the late 1970s. [cite web |url= http://berlin.wolf.ox.ac.uk/lists/bibliography/onepagebiblio.html |title= Isaiah Berlin – A Bibliography |accessdate=2008-01-22 |last= Hardy |first= Henry ]
His subsequent editing of Berlin's
essays made Berlin's most important work widely available. In 1990 Hardy abandoned his career in publishingto work full-time on Berlin's unpublished essays, lectures, and correspondence. He has thus far produced 15 volumes of Berlin's writings, as well as the first volume of a 4-volume edition of Berlin's letters.
Henry Hardy married Anne Wilkinson in 1979. They have two children, Ellen (b. 1983) and Michael (b. 1985).
* [http://www.wolfson.ox.ac.uk/~hardy/ Henry Hardy's homepage]
* [http://berlin.wolf.ox.ac.uk/index.html The Isaiah Berlin Virtual Library] , maintained by Hardy
* [http://nigelwarburton.typepad.com/philosophy_bites/2007/11/henry-hardy-on.html podcast interview Henry Hardy on Isaiah Berlin's Pluralism]
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