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Berger: an appreciation


I want to begin with some features of Peter Berger’s writing and intellectual personality, and to do so through my personal encounter with his work. I think I was initially intrigued about a third of a century ago by his talent for the unexpected. Flicking the pages of a new book The Precarious Vision (1961a) in the recent acquisitions section of the LSE library, I was brought up short by his imagining a possible future dominated by Islam. The idea was bizarre since everybody in those days assumed the only possible future was under the aegis of the secular politics of the left. Peter Berger’s interesting madness made me think again.