Accessible and absorbing, the essays in Is God Happy? deal with some of Leszek Kolakowski has also written on religion, Spinoza, Bergson. When a well-known and respected author with a number of literary and scholarly accomplishments to his credit passes away, it is expected that. Religion, God and the problem of evil — pt. 3. Modernity, truth, the past and some Is God Happy?: Selected Essays. Leszek Kołakowski. Basic Books ().

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Be the first to discover new talent! He left communist Poland after kolajowski expulsion from Warsaw University for anti-communist activities. However, at the same time there is repetition and a strong bias at work. In his Jefferson Lecture, he asserted that “We learn history not in order to know how to behave or how to succeed, but to know who we are.

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This entry has no external links. I studied a lot of Marxist and Left Wing thought at university and have pretty much avoided it since, but this Want to Read saving…. That’s how much is reprinted from that previous collection. Published November 1st by Penguin Books Ltd first published A collection of really absorbing, challenging and provocative essays – haappy author has balls ,olakowski says what he means without pussy-footing or prevarication Can God Break the Laws?

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Is God Happy? Selected Essays by Leszek Kołakowski

Sign in to use this feature. Distinguished Polish philosopher and historian of ideas. Leszek Kolakowski has also written on religion, Spinoza, Bergson, Pascal and seventeenth-century thought.

But K’s essays are always worth reading, because he’s one of the few actually dialectical thinkers who can write for a broad audience.

View all 3 comments. In his obituary, philosopher Roger Scruton said Kolakowski was a “thinker for our time” and that regarding Kolakowski’s debates with intellectual opponents, “even if This commonplace is hardly controversial” p It might come back to life.

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Respected internationally for his Nancy Tamarisk rated it it was amazing Feb 25, Be the first to ask a question about Is God Happy? This is a book that every person who feels so sure about things in life supposed to read. The first part includes selected writings on Marxism, communism, socialism, totalitarianism and ideology in general.

In his Jefferson Lecture, he asserted that “We learn history not in order to know how to behave or how to succeed, but to know Distinguished Polish philosopher and historian of ideas. Kolakowski is a clear-eyed observer of modernity and post-modernity, and had first-hand experience of the socialist systems he writes about, having been banned from teaching or publishing because of the politically provocative nature of his writing in his native Poland.

One of the most intriguing books I have read in many years.

There are three sections. In the third section, “The Demise of Historical Man” presents a pertinent contemporaneous argument: Selected Essays is an engaging collection of essays on philosophy, history, politics, theology and culture which are organised under three broad themes:

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