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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This is a book who brings trues, they are hard sometimes but they are necessary. New Essays in Philosophy of Religion. 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 leeszek publishing because of the politically provocative nature of his writing in his native Poland.

It does not diminish the enjoyment of this book but makes it at times one-sided in its views. Science Logic and Mathematics. Selected Essays is an engaging collection of essays on philosophy, history, politics, leeszek and culture which are organised under three broad themes: He addresses common features of Marxism, Nazism and Mussolini’s brand of fascism, attempting to identify what was common and particular to the lesze, as well as how the Holocaust and Stalin’s gulag system can be compared.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. There is an unavoidable and tragic contradiction, then, at the heart of kolakowskj experience in that we cannot live without Truth. Also enjoyable is Kolakowski’s rejoinder to E. He is best known for his critical analysis of Marxist thought, especially his acclaimed three-volume history, Main Currents of Marxism. And we know tod dangers to which this quite understandable need gives rise when it degenerates into militant chauvinism.


Religion, God and the problem of evil — pt.

Is God Happy?: Selected Essays

He left communist Poland after his expulsion from Warsaw University for anti-communist activities. Dec 31, El Aguila rated it it was amazing.

Can God Break the Laws? Return to Book Page. There are moments of sheer brilliance in this compilation of essays. Kolakowaki those eleven, none are particularly interesting. I dock a star not for the essays themselves, but for the choice, most particularly the choice to have pages of cold-war style damn-them-commies pieces at the start of the book. Open Preview See a Problem? The first section of these essays, on Marxism, is absolutely top drawer, really kolkowski.

In the third part, Kolakowski takes up the philosophical issues that preoccupied him for much of his life. Hod for telling us about the problem.

Is God Happy?

Dec 07, Khashayar Mohammadi rated it it was amazing Shelves: This kolamowski a book that every person who feels so sure about things in life supposed to read. My Correct Views on Everything.

Kolakowski is good at hunting down the magic thinking and the blind spots that characterize most lazy ideologues and, having read the essays with growing unease and discomfort, I found my own “positions” exposed on plenty of occasion A collection of really absorbing, challenging and provocative essays – the author has balls and says what he means without pussy-footing or prevarication Refresh and try again.

This book is a series of essays that contemplates humanity’s relationship with its quest to understand itself within various contexts such as socialism, monotheism, historiographical debates, and the utility of ideas. Ls 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.


People who likes to standing flags, exalt idols and protect things that they have no deep knowledge. Mar 20, Arash Farzaneh rated it really liked it. A collection of essays by the Polish ogd Kolakowskiviewed by some as one of the intellectual progenitors of Poland’s Solidarity movement.

Mellollicious rated it really liked it Nov 28, Kolaiowski and absorbing, the essays in Is God Happy? A a Frightening Love: 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.

Is God Happy? Selected Essays by Leszek Kołakowski

I like this author’s heart. Modernity, truth, the past and some other things. Leszek Kolakowski has also written on religion, Spinoza, Bergson, Pascal and seventeenth-century thought. Preview — Is God Happy? I have long had an interest in Kolakowski’s work, developed mostly second-hand. Sign in to use this feature. Andrew Gleeson – lewzek Palgrave-Macmillan.

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Colin Howson – – Cambridge University Press. There are three sections. Eastern European Philosophy in European Philosophy categorize this paper.