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?

23 Questions from Great Philosophers

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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 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 Details

ISBN: 9780465004997
ISBN-10: 0465004997
Format: Hardback
(153mm x 102mm x 23mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 23-Oct-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Metaphysical Horror by Leszek Kolakowski Metaphysical Horror, Paperback (May 2001)

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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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