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Kołakowski, Leszek

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Works: 667 works in 2,334 publications in 8 languages and 22,953 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference proceedings  Fiction  Bibliography  Miscellanea  Popular works  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Periodicals 
Roles: Author of introduction, Editor, Honoree, Interviewee, Creator, Translator, Recipient, Correspondent, Contributor
Classifications: HX36, 199.438
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Main currents of Marxism : its rise, growth, and dissolution by Leszek Kołakowski ( Book )
30 editions published between 1978 and 1992 in 3 languages and held by 1,284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Religion, if there is no God-- : on God, the Devil, sin, and other worries of the so-called philosophy of religion by Leszek Kołakowski ( Book )
36 editions published between 1982 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This book deals with what is usually called the philosophy of religion. I am never sure what religion, let alone philosophy is, but whatever religion is, it includes the history of gods, men, and the universe. Therefore the title, Religion, with its all-encompassing pretensions, could only compete with such works as Quine's On What There Is or Sartre's Being and Nothingness (probably the most comprehensive title ever devised)
Freedom, fame, lying, and betrayal essays on everyday life by Leszek Kołakowski ( )
13 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 1,009 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Polish philosopher Leszek Kolakowski is renowned worldwide for wrestling with serious philosophical conundrums with dazzling elegance. In this new book, he turns his characteristic wit to important themes of ordinary life, from the need for freedom to the wheel of fortune, from the nature of God to the ambiguities of betrayal. Extremely lucid and lacking in intellectual pretension, these essays speak in everyday language, spurring the readerʹs own thoughts and providing a handle on which to debate and think about the themes. The eighteen essays cover the following topics: power, fame, equality, lying, toleration, travel, virtue, collective responsibility, the wheel of fortune, betrayal, violence, boredom, freedom, luxury, God, respect for nature, superstition, and national stereotypes
Toward a Marxist humanism; essays on the Left today by Leszek Kołakowski ( Book )
15 editions published between 1958 and 1969 in English and held by 957 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Why is there something rather than nothing? : 23 questions from great philosophers by Leszek Kołakowski ( Book )
18 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 891 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Leszek Kołakowski explores 23 questions asked by great philosophers, introducing us to the great ideas and philosophers of Western thought
Husserl and the search for certitude by Leszek Kołakowski ( Book )
17 editions published between 1975 and 2001 in English and held by 833 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The alienation of reason : a history of positivist thought by Leszek Kołakowski ( Book )
21 editions published between 1968 and 1969 in English and Spanish and held by 798 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The presence of myth by Leszek Kołakowski ( Book )
14 editions published between 1989 and 2001 in English and held by 754 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Modernity on endless trial by Leszek Kołakowski ( Book )
14 editions published between 1990 and 1997 in English and Polish and held by 754 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Essays om politik, kultur og vort religiøse liv
Metaphysical horror by Leszek Kołakowski ( Book )
18 editions published between 1988 and 2001 in English and held by 718 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
For over a century philosophers have argued that philosophy is impossible or useless, or both. Although the basic agenda dates back to the days of Socrates, there is still disagreement about the nature of truth, reality, knowledge, good and God. This may make little practical difference to our lives, but it leaves us with a feeling of radical uncertainty described by Kolakowski as 'metaphysical horror'. Is there any way out of this cul-de-sac? This trenchant analysis confronts these dilemmas head on. Philosophy may not provide definitive answers to the fundamental questions, yet the quest itself transforms our lives. It may undermine most of our certainties, yet it still leaves room for our spiritual yearnings and religious beliefs. Kolakowski has forged a dazzling demonstration of philosophy in action. It is up to readers to take up the challenge of his arguments
The Socialist idea : a reappraisal by Leszek Kołakowski ( Book )
17 editions published between 1974 and 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 651 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Bergson by Leszek Kołakowski ( Book )
22 editions published between 1985 and 2008 in 5 languages and held by 634 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Inleiding tot het denken van de Franse filosoof (1859-1941)
God owes us nothing : a brief remark on Pascal's religion and on the spirit of Jansenism by Leszek Kołakowski ( Book )
12 editions published between 1995 and 1998 in English and held by 534 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Leszek Kolakowski reflects on the centuries-long debate in Christianity: how to reconcile the existence of evil in the world with the goodness of an omnipotent God, and how God's omnipotence is compatible with people's responsibility for their own salvation or damnation. He approaches this paradox as both an exercise in theology and in revisionist Christian history based on philosophical analysis. This unorthodox interpretation of the history of modern Christianity will provoke renewed discussion about the historical, intellectual, and cultural importance of neo-Augustinianism. Written with Kolakowski's characteristic wit and irony, God Owes Us Nothing will be required reading for philosophers, religious scholars, theologians, and historians alike
Main currents of Marxism : the founders, the golden age, the breakdown by Leszek Kołakowski ( Book )
12 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 512 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Drawing on powerful historical and philosophical insight, Main Currents of Marxism traces the intellectual foundations of Marxist thought from Plotinus through Hegel to Lukacs, Sartre, and Mao. Leszek Kolakowski reveals Marxism to be "the greatest fantasy of our century ... an idea that began in Promethean humanism and culminated in the monstrous tyranny of Stalinism." Long before the overwhelming majority of historians, journalists, and intellectuals around the world came to see the devastation wrought by autocratic, state-sponsored socialism, Kolakowski pointed to the shortcomings of a system doomed to failure." "Recognized when it was first published for its profound historical insights and for its exposition of how the Communist hierarchy was quickly corroding from the inside, this forceful work has influenced several generations of scholars and historians. Despite decades of major political change, Main Currents of Marxism remains as accurate and incisive as ever. In a new preface and epilogue, Kolakowski reexamines the collapse of international Communism in light of the last tumultuous years."--BOOK JACKET
Is God happy? : selected essays by Leszek Kołakowski ( Book )
8 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 432 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Kolakowski's ... empathy, humor, and erudition are on full display in [this book], the first collection of his work to be published since his death in 2009"--Dust jacket flap
Marxism and beyond: on historical understanding and individual responsibility by Leszek Kołakowski ( Book )
27 editions published between 1968 and 1971 in 3 languages and held by 363 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Debating the state of philosophy / Habermas, Rorty, and Kołakowski by Jürgen Habermas ( Book )
5 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 344 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Leszek Kołakowski in memoriam by Jacek Migasiński ( )
3 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This volume is devoted to the person and work of Leszek Kolakowski, who died in July 2009. At the turn of the 1940s and 1950s, Leszek Kolakowski belonged to a group of young intellectuals actively supporting on the ideological front and in the University of Warsaw the new political agendas of Marxist provenance introduced in Poland. But already in 1955-56, he came to the fore of a movement of philosophical revisionists radically questioning the validity of these Marxist prescriptions. This resulted in his expulsion from the Communist Party in the early 1960s, then from the University and final
Der Mensch ohne Alternative; von der Möglichkeit und Unmöglichkeit, Marxist zu sein by Leszek Kołakowski ( Book )
54 editions published between 1960 and 1984 in 3 languages and held by 296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The two eyes of Spinoza & other essays on philosophers by Leszek Kołakowski ( Book )
10 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
Kolakovski, Lešek.
Kolakovski, Leszek
Kolakovski, Leszek 1927-2009
Kolakovskij, Lešek.
Kołakowski, L.
Kołakowski, L. 1927-2009
Kolakowski, Lescek.
Kolakowski, Leszek.
Kolakowski, Leszek 1927-2009
Kolaksky, Leszek
Kolaksky, Leszek 1927-
Kolaksky, Leszek 1927-2009
Kowakofusuki, Resheku.
קולקובסקי, לשק
קולקובסקי, לשק 1927-2009
コワコフスキ, L
コワコフスキ, レシェク
Languages
English (315)
German (66)
Polish (32)
Italian (2)
French (1)
Hebrew (1)
Spanish (1)
Dutch (1)
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