Why is There Something Rather Than Nothing? by Leszek Kolakowski
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Why is There Something Rather Than Nothing?
By Leszek Kolakowski

Why is There Something Rather Than Nothing?

Questions from Great Philosophers

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Translated by Agnieszka Kolakowska See other recent books by Agnieszka Kolakowska
Format: Paperback

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Why is There Something Rather Than Nothing? by Leszek Kolakowski

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Can nature make us happy? How can we know anything? What is justice? Why is there evil in the world? What is the source of truth? Is it possible for God not to exist? Can we really believe what we see? There are questions that have intrigued the world's great thinkers over the ages, which still touch a cord in all of us today. They are questions that can teach us about the way we live, work, relate to each other and see the world. Here, one of the world's greatest living philosophers, Leszek Kolakowski, explores the essence of these ideas, introducing figures from Socrates to Thomas Aquinas, Descartes to Nietzsche and concentrating on one single important philosophical question from each of them. Whether reflecting on good and evil, truth and beauty, faith and the soul, or free will and consciousness, Kolakowski shows that these timeless ideas remain at the very core of our existence.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780141035253
ISBN-10: 0141035250
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 17mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Penguin Books Ltd
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 3-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Books By Author Leszek Kolakowski

Is God Happy? by 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 by Leszek Kolakowski 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 by Leszek Kolakowski 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 by Leszek Kolakowski Metaphysical Horror, Paperback (May 2001)

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

One of the most influential philosophers of his time, Leszek Kolakowski has received numerous honours and awards, most recently the first Kluge prize - the American Nobel Prize in the Human Sciences, awarded by the Library of Congress.

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