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Kołakowska, Agnieszka

Overview
Works: 79 works in 161 publications in 4 languages and 1,964 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Trivia and miscellanea  History  Interviews  Sources  Popular works  Biography  Bildungsromans  Controversial literature  Political fiction 
Roles: Translator, Author, Editor
Classifications: B99.P62, 190
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Agnieszka Kołakowska
Why is there something rather than nothing? : 23 questions from great philosophers by Leszek Kołakowski( Book )

17 editions published between 2007 and 2017 in English and held by 800 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

13 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and Polish and held by 397 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Later, during a stint as a teacher-in-training in his old school, he discovers that he himself has become a legendary figure to a new generation of students, and he begins to understand the deceits and blessings of myth, and its redemptive power."--Jacket
Metaphysical horror by Leszek Kolakowski( Book )

10 editions published between 2001 and 2012 in English and Polish and held by 265 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
Freedom, fame, lying, and betrayal : essays on everyday life by Leszek Kołakowski( Book )

8 editions published between 1999 and 2019 in English and held by 260 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
Poverty : a history by Bronisław Geremek( Book )

4 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in English and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The rich and those in authority in church and state have, over the centuries, expressed mixed feelings about the poor, have oscillated between pity and fear, compassion and revulsion. Why this should have been so, the effects it had on private and public actions, and the changing nature and origins of the poor themselves form the subject of this book. A great sweep of time is covered, from the first millennium to the present day. Even in the Middle Ages, there was little sentimentality about the poor. But with the economic crises that afflicted Europe in the sixteenth century, mass poverty came to be seen as harmful, dangerous and a source of instability. The scale of poverty was increasing; the gap between rich and poor had become more manifest. It is here, Professor Geremek shows, that the utopian ideals of socialism were born. This book shows how central the role of poverty has been throughout the history of Europe. It casts a fresh and revealing perspective on the actions of individuals, groups and nations, and on the underlying nature of the greatest social changes the continent has experienced. -- From publisher's description
A world apart by Gustaw Herling by Włodzimierz Bolecki( )

7 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gustaw Herling's A World Apart is one of the most important books about Soviet camps and communist ideology in the Stalinist period. First published in English in 1951 and translated into many languages, it was relatively unknown till Solzhenitsyn's The Gulag Archipelago in the 1970s. However, the narrative of the author's experience in the Jertsevo gulag was highly appreciated by Bertrand Russell, Albert Camus, Jorge Semprun and others. In this first monograph on Herling's fascinating life, Bolecki discusses hitherto unknown documents from the writer's archive in Naples. His insight into the subject and poetics of Herling's book and the account of its remarkable reception offer readers an intriguing profile of one of the most compelling witnesses of the 20th century
"Them" : Stalin's Polish puppets by Teresa Toranska( Book )

9 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and French and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Julia Minc; Edward Ochab; Roman Werfel; Stefan Staszewski; Jakub Berman
Violations of human rights in Poland, 1984-85, fourth report : a report by Eric Chenoweth( Book )

4 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Antoni Libera by Agnieszka Kołakowska( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in German and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Antoni Libera by Antoni Libera( Book )

5 editions published in 2000 in German and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wojny kultur i inne wojny by Agnieszka Kołakowska( Book )

3 editions published between 2010 and 2015 in Polish and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Plaga słowików by Agnieszka Kołakowska( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in Polish and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

3 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

3 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wojny kultur i inne wojny by Agnieszka Kołakowska( Book )

3 editions published in 2012 in Polish and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Is God happy? : selected essays by Leszek Kołakowski( Book )

2 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 2 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
Herezja by Leszek Kołakowski( Book )

2 editions published in 2010 in Polish and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Kołakowski: filozof herezji. Czy istnieją współcześni heretycy? Jak tworzą się nowe ideologie i gdzie leżą granice tolerancji? Czy między herezją a dogmatem rzeczywiście jest tak wielka różnica? Co decydowało o uznaniu jakiegoś poglądu za herezję: demokratyczne głosowanie a może... przypadek? Książka Herezja to niespodziewanie odnalezione po latach w „sejfie teksty szesnastu wykładów Leszka Kołakowskiego wygłoszonych między listopadem 1982 a lutym 1983 dla polskiej rozgłośni radia Wolna Europa. Kołakowski omawia w nich herezje zarówno od strony historycznej jak i wpływu poszczególnych prądów na kształtowanie się doktryny Kościoła katolickiego a później także innych gałęzi chrześcijaństwa. W przystępny sposób opisuje najważniejsze „bluźniercze nurty, śledząc równocześnie ich wpływ na politykę, obyczajowość i religijność społeczeństw. Kołakowski pokazuje, że poszczególne herezje odżywają współcześnie w postaci różnych newage'owych czy scjentystycznych duchowości, w walkach ideologicznych, walkach o tolerancję. Choć często są traktowane jako relikty przeszłości, co jakiś czas odświeżone i odnowione wracają jako odkrywcze i rewolucyjne idee współczesności. To tekst niezwykle współczesny. Mini-przewodnik po świecie błądzących!"--
Krok przed ciemnością by Mark Strand( Book )

2 editions published in 2010 in Polish and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mind the gap : the new culture wars by Agnieszka Kołakowska( )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wystarczy wolność słowa : debata o tolerancji by Agnieszka Kołakowska( )

1 edition published in 2002 in Polish and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Polem. z: Nieprzydatny klucz / Ryszard Legutko oraz Nie lubię nietolerancji / Wojciech Sadurski. - Tamże, 2002, nr 81
 
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Why is there something rather than nothing? : 23 questions from great philosophers
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MadameMetaphysical horrorFreedom, fame, lying, and betrayal : essays on everyday lifePoverty : a historyThe two eyes of Spinoza & other essays on philosophersTales from the Kingdom of Lailonia ; and, the key to Heaven
Alternative Names
Kolakowska, Agnieszka.

Languages
English (79)

Polish (15)

German (6)

French (1)