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Modernity on Endless Trial by Leszek Kolakowski
Book DescriptionLeszek Kolakowski delves into some of the most intellectually vigorous questions of our time in this remarkable collection of essays garnished with his characteristic wit. Ten of the essays have never appeared before in English. "Exemplary. . . . It should be celebrated". --Arthur C. Danto, "New York Times Book Review" "This book . . . express[es] Kolakowski's thought on God, man, reason, history, moral truth and original sin, prompted by observation of the dramatic struggle among Christianity, the Enlightenment and modern totalitarianism. It is a wonderful collection of topics". --Thomas Nagel, "Times Literary Supplement" "No better antidote to bumper-sticker thinking exists than this collection of 24 'appeals for moderation in consistency, ' and never has such an antidote been needed more than it is now". --Joseph Coates, "Chicago Tribune" "Whether learned or humorous, these essays offer gems in prose of diamond hardness, precision, and brilliance". --Thomas D'Evelyn, "The Christian Science Monitor" --a "Notable Books of the Year 1991" selection, "New York Times Book Review" --a "Noted with Pleasure" selection, "New York Times Book Review" --a "Summer Reading 1991" selection, "New York Times Book Review" --a "Books of the Year" selection, "The Times" Leszek Kolakowski is professor emeritus in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Chicago and a fellow of All Souls College, Oxford University. He is the author of The Presence of Myth, Husserl and the Search for Certitude, and Tales from the Kingdom of Lailonia and the Key to Heaven.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226450469
(226mm x 150mm x 20mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 5-Jun-1997
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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