Why is There Something Rather Than Nothing?
23 Questions from Great Philosophers
By (author) Leszek Kolakowski
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Why is There Something Rather Than Nothing? by Leszek Kolakowski
Book DescriptionCan 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 chord 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 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, Leszek Kolakowski shows that these timeless ideas remain at the very core of our existence.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780465004997
(153mm x 102mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 23-Oct-2007
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 is the author of numerous books on topics in philosophy, religion, and intellectual history, including "Main Currents of Marxism." He is the recipient of many major awards, including the Jerusalem Prize for the Freedom of the Individual in Society and the Library of Congress John W. Kluge Prize in the Human Sciences. He lives in Oxford, England.
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