Freedom, Fame, Lying and Betrayal
Essays on Everyday Life
By (author) Leszek Kolakowski
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Freedom, Fame, Lying and Betrayal by Leszek Kolakowski
Book DescriptionPolish 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 reader's 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780813337081
(190mm x 140mm x 9mm)
Imprint: Westview Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 13-Aug-1999
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Leszek Kolakowski
Is God Happy?, Hardback (February 2013)
A prominent anti-communist writer, Kolakowski was also a deeply humanistic thinker, and his empathy, wit, and erudition are on full display. Accessible and wide-ranging, these essays--many of them translated into English for the first time--testify to the remarkable scope of Kolakowski's work.
Main Currents of Marxism, Paperback (February 2008)
Leszek Kolakowski's masterpiece, one of the twentieth century's most important books-for the first time in a one-volume paperback.
Presence of Myth, Paperback (December 2001)
With this text, Leszek Kolakowski demonstrates that no matter how hard man strives for purely rational thought, there has always been - and always will be - a resevoir of mythical images that lend "being" and "consciousness" a specifically human meaning.
Metaphysical Horror, Paperback (May 2001)» View all books by Leszek Kolakowski
For over a century, philosophers have argued that philosophy is impossible or useless, or both. This leaves us with a feeling of radical uncertainty, described by Kolakowski as "metaphysical horror". This book confronts the dilemmas raised through examinations of prominent Western philosophers.
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Author Biography - Leszek Kolakowski
Leszek Kolakowski is currently senior research fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. He has also taught at the University of Chicago, McGill University, UC Berkeley, and Yale University. He is the author of numerous books, including his masterpiece and magnum opus Main Currents of Marxism, published in three volumes in the 1970s and recently reissued in a single volume by Norton. He is the recipient of many major international awards, including the Jerusalem Prize for the Freedom of the Individual in Society (2007), the Library of Congress John W. Kluge Prize in the Human Sciences awarded for lifetime achievement in the humanistic and social sciences (2004), a MacArthur ("genius") Fellowship (1983) as well as the German Booksellers Peace Prize (1977), the Erasmus Prize (1980) and the Veillon Foundation European Prize for the Essay (1980). He is a Fellow of the British Academy, a fellow of the Academie Universelle des Cultures, and a Foreign Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He lives in Oxford, England.
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