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 KoĊ‚akowski. Basic Books ().

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Eric vd Luft – – Gegensatz Press. 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. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy.

By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Borys rated it really liked it Dec 01, I studied a lot of Marxist and Left Wing thought at university and have pretty much avoided it since, but this Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Find it on Scholar. In the third part, Kolakowski takes up the philosophical issues that preoccupied him for much of his life.

Selected Essays is an engaging collection of essays on philosophy, history, politics, theology and culture which are organised under three broad themes: However, at the same time there is repetition and a strong bias at work. But neither can we find it.


Or was it something else? This volume offers 27 essays 10 translated into English from the Polish for the first time divided into three sections: In his later work, Kolakowski increasingly focused on religious questions.

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Nancy Tamarisk rated it it was amazing Feb 25, His short piece “What is Socialism? Leszek Kolakowski has also written on religion, Spinoza, Bergson, Pascal and seventeenth-century thought.

My Correct Views on Everything. All of the essays offers something of interest, elszek reflections on religion are interesting and insightful, though occasionally marred by a terminological or historical slip.

Is God Happy?

View all 3 comments. This is a book that every person who feels so sure about things in life supposed to read. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. His personal history is as intriguing as his scholarship. Kolakowski is good at hunting down the magic thinking and the blind spots that characterize most lazy ideologues and, having read the gkd with growing unease and discomfort, I found my own “positions” exposed on plenty of occasions.

Now, I’m no friend of Soviet Eastern Europe, and I’m glad K spoke out against it, and that he did ogd far more intelligently than many other commentators.

kolakowsik I have long had an interest in Kolakowski’s work, developed mostly second-hand. Dec 04, Nathan “N. Mar 15, Rom Kplakowski rated it it was amazing. His criticism of Stalinism led to his firing from Warsaw University and his work being banned in Poland.

Lists with This Book. Selected Essays Leszek Kolakowski Limited preview – Pwyll rated it it was amazing Feb 25, There was a problem adding your email address. The two with the most interesting titles, “In Praise of Unpunctuality” and “In Praise of Snobbery,” are disappointingly bland.


And still another striking observation [and all of this published in ! Matthew Taylor – – Routledge.

Is God Happy? by Leszek Kolakowski – Penguin Books Australia

A collection of essays by the Polish philosopher Kolakowskiviewed by some as one of the intellectual progenitors of Poland’s Solidarity movement. Best criticism of Socialism I have ever read. He addresses common features of Marxism, Nazism and Mussolini’s brand of fascism, attempting to identify what was common leszrk particular to the three, as well as how the Holocaust and Stalin’s gulag system can be compared.

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So, natural law wasn’t natural in the middle ages? This commonplace is hardly controversial” p The most esteemed philosopher to have produced a general introduction to his discipline since Bertrand Russell’ Independent In these essays, one of the most important thinkers of the twentieth century writes about communism and socialism, the problem of evil, Erasmus and the reform of the Church, reason and truth, and whether God is happy.

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. Religion, God and the problem of evil — pt.