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Kołakowski, Leszek

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Works: 1,104 works in 2,955 publications in 10 languages and 24,562 library holdings
Genres: History  Fiction  Bibliography  Miscellanea  Popular works  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Quotations  Biography  Periodicals 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Editor, Other, Honoree, Creator, Translator, Correspondent, Recipient, Contributor
Classifications: HX36, 190
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Main currents of Marxism : its rise, growth, and dissolution by Leszek Kołakowski( Book )

145 editions published between 1978 and 2006 in 5 languages and held by 1,674 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Religion, if there is no God-- : on God, the Devil, sin, and other worries of the so-called philosophy of religion by Leszek Kołakowski( Book )

42 editions published between 1982 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book deals with what is usually called the philosophy of religion. I am never sure what religion, let alone philosophy is, but whatever religion is, it includes the history of gods, men, and the universe. Therefore the title, Religion, with its all-encompassing pretensions, could only compete with such works as Quine's On What There Is or Sartre's Being and Nothingness (probably the most comprehensive title ever devised)
Toward a Marxist humanism; essays on the Left today by Leszek Kołakowski( Book )

24 editions published between 1958 and 1978 in English and held by 944 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Husserl and the search for certitude by Leszek Kołakowski( Book )

35 editions published between 1975 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 895 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why is there something rather than nothing? : 23 questions from great philosophers by Leszek Kołakowski( Book )

35 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 877 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leszek Kołakowski explores 23 questions asked by great philosophers, introducing us to the great ideas and philosophers of Western thought
Metaphysical horror by Leszek Kołakowski( Book )

28 editions published between 1988 and 2001 in 8 languages and held by 810 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For over a century philosophers have argued that philosophy is impossible or useless, or both. Although the basic agenda dates back to the days of Socrates, there is still disagreement about the nature of truth, reality, knowledge, good and God. This may make little practical difference to our lives, but it leaves us with a feeling of radical uncertainty described by Kolakowski as 'metaphysical horror'. Is there any way out of this cul-de-sac? This trenchant analysis confronts these dilemmas head on. Philosophy may not provide definitive answers to the fundamental questions, yet the quest itself transforms our lives. It may undermine most of our certainties, yet it still leaves room for our spiritual yearnings and religious beliefs. Kolakowski has forged a dazzling demonstration of philosophy in action. It is up to readers to take up the challenge of his arguments
The alienation of reason : a history of positivist thought by Leszek Kołakowski( Book )

25 editions published between 1968 and 1969 in English and held by 785 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The presence of myth by Leszek Kołakowski( Book )

24 editions published between 1989 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 782 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""[An] important essay by a philosopher who more convincingly than any other I can think of demonstrates the continuing significance of his vocation in the life of our culture.""-Karsten Harries, The New York Times Book ReviewWith The Presence of Myth, Kolakowski demonstrates that no matter how hard man strives for purely rational thought, there has always been-and always will be-a reservoir of mythical images that lend ""being"" and ""consciousness"" a specifically human meaning.""Kolakowski undertakes a philosophy of culture which extends to all realms of human intercourse-intellectual, arti
The Socialist idea : a reappraisal by Leszek Kołakowski( Book )

26 editions published between 1974 and 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 666 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

God owes us nothing : a brief remark on Pascal's religion and on the spirit of Jansenism by Leszek Kołakowski( Book )

17 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in English and held by 546 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leszek Kolakowski reflects on the centuries-long debate in Christianity: how to reconcile the existence of evil in the world with the goodness of an omnipotent God, and how God's omnipotence is compatible with people's responsibility for their own salvation or damnation. He approaches this paradox as both an exercise in theology and in revisionist Christian history based on philosophical analysis. This unorthodox interpretation of the history of modern Christianity will provoke renewed discussion about the historical, intellectual, and cultural importance of neo-Augustinianism. Written with Kolakowski's characteristic wit and irony, God Owes Us Nothing will be required reading for philosophers, religious scholars, theologians, and historians alike
Main currents of Marxism : the founders, the golden age, the breakdown by Leszek Kołakowski( Book )

12 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 523 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Drawing on powerful historical and philosophical insight, Main Currents of Marxism traces the intellectual foundations of Marxist thought from Plotinus through Hegel to Lukacs, Sartre, and Mao. Leszek Kolakowski reveals Marxism to be "the greatest fantasy of our century ... an idea that began in Promethean humanism and culminated in the monstrous tyranny of Stalinism." Long before the overwhelming majority of historians, journalists, and intellectuals around the world came to see the devastation wrought by autocratic, state-sponsored socialism, Kolakowski pointed to the shortcomings of a system doomed to failure." "Recognized when it was first published for its profound historical insights and for its exposition of how the Communist hierarchy was quickly corroding from the inside, this forceful work has influenced several generations of scholars and historians. Despite decades of major political change, Main Currents of Marxism remains as accurate and incisive as ever. In a new preface and epilogue, Kolakowski reexamines the collapse of international Communism in light of the last tumultuous years."--Jacket
Is God happy? : selected essays by Leszek Kołakowski( Book )

9 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 406 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Kolakowski's ... empathy, humor, and erudition are on full display in [this book], the first collection of his work to be published since his death in 2009"--Dust jacket flap
Marxism and beyond: on historical understanding and individual responsibility by Leszek Kołakowski( Book )

31 editions published between 1968 and 1971 in 3 languages and held by 385 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Freedom, fame, lying, and betrayal : essays on everyday life by Leszek Kołakowski( Book )

18 editions published in 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Polish 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 readerʹs 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
Die Hauptströmungen des Marxismus : Entstehung, Entwicklung, Zerfall by Leszek Kołakowski( Book )

26 editions published between 1977 and 1989 in German and Undetermined and held by 262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The two eyes of Spinoza & other essays on philosophers by Leszek Kołakowski( Book )

13 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Falls es keinen Gott gibt by Leszek Kołakowski( Book )

35 editions published between 1982 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Om forskellige filosofiske retningers forhold til religionen
Die Gegenwärtigkeit des Mythos by Leszek Kołakowski( Book )

22 editions published between 1973 and 1984 in German and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rozmowy z diabłem by Leszek Kołakowski( Book )

32 editions published between 1963 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tales from the Kingdom of Lailonia ; and, the key to Heaven by Leszek Kołakowski( Book )

19 editions published between 1963 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Why is there something rather than nothing? : 23 questions from great philosophers
Alternative Names
Kalakoŭskì, Lešak.

Kojakowski, Leszek

Kolakovski, Lešek.

Kolakovski, Leszek

Kolakovski, Leszek 1927-2009

Kolakovskij, Lešek.

Kolakovskij, Lešek 1927-2009

Kołakowski, L.

Kołakowski, L. 1927-2009

Kolakowski, Lescek.

Kolakowski, Leszek.

Kolakowski, Leszek 1927-2009

Kołakowskiiego, Leszka 1927-2009

Kolaksky, Leszek

Kolaksky, Leszek 1927-

Kolaksky, Leszek 1927-2009

Kowakofusuki, Resheku.

Leszek Kołakowski filosofo e storico polacco

Leszek Kołakowski philosophe, historien des idées et essayiste polonais

Leszek Kołakowski Philosopher, historian of ideas

Leszek Kołakowski polnischer Philosoph und Schriftsteller

Leszek Kołakowski polski filozof

Leszek Kołakowski Pools filosoof

Λέζεκ Κολακόφσκι

Колаковский, Лешек

Лешак Калакоўскі

Лешек Колаковски полски философ

Лешек Колаковський

לשק קולקובסקי

קולקובסקי, לשק

קולקובסקי, לשק 1927-2009

لشك كولاكفسكي

لشک کولاکوفسکی

코와코프스키, 레셰크 1927-2009

콜라코프스키, 레스첵 1927-2009

コワコフスキ, L

コワコフスキ, レシェク

レシェク・コワコフスキ

萊謝克·科拉科夫斯基

Languages
English (434)

Polish (91)

German (88)

Spanish (16)

Chinese (11)

French (5)

Italian (5)

Estonian (1)

Persian (1)

Dutch (1)

Covers
Husserl and the search for certitudeWhy is there something rather than nothing? : 23 questions from great philosophersMetaphysical horrorThe presence of mythGod owes us nothing : a brief remark on Pascal's religion and on the spirit of JansenismMain currents of Marxism : the founders, the golden age, the breakdownFreedom, fame, lying, and betrayal : essays on everyday lifeThe two eyes of Spinoza & other essays on philosophers