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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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Published November 1st by Penguin Books Ltd first published It’s difficult to establish exactly kolqkowski Kolakowski would endorse as reputable philosophizing or politicizing, as just about every big name gets a bit of a kicking somewhere, but given the stakes Meaning, Truth, Godpossibly this isn’t surprising.

Other editions – View all Is God Happy?: Included are essays composed early in his life along with later ones that give the reader insight into the subtle changes in thought and direction in Kolakowski’s life.

That’s how much is reprinted from that ,olakowski collection. The first section of these essays, on Marxism, is absolutely top drawer, really superb.

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Michalina Grabias rated it really liked it Aug 05, The remainder consists of eleven short essays, ten of which are newly translated into English. Borys rated it really liked it Dec 01, If There is No God Religion, God and the problem of evil — pt.

If anything, we seem, rather, to be witnessing a new longing for the old historicity. Return to Book Page.


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.

Jasbinder Singh Gill rated it it was amazing Jan 04, In defiance of all rational expectations, the need to establish one’s identity through tribal membership, to define oneself through the values of a national culture, kklakowski not fading; it is getting stronger.

Is God Happy? Selected Essays by Leszek Kołakowski

His criticism of Stalinism led to his firing from Warsaw University and his work being banned in Poland. Eric vd Luft – – Gegensatz Press. View all 3 comments.

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The third section, mostly how-we-live-now philosophical reflections, is solid, but some of the pieces seem a little too pat; the most obvious example being leszej piece on natural law, which says the concept is a useful one for limiting positive law, makes a good case that natural law has been abused in the past my natural law favors me; yours favors you; can they both be natural? Exploring Philosophy of Religion: His personal history is as intriguing as his scholarship.

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Recasting the Problem of Evil. Please provide an email leezek. By far the best 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. Preview — Is God Happy? This is a book who brings trues, they are hard sometimes but they are necessary. Can God Break the Laws?

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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. Very polish, straight and honest. An exceptional collection of essays from a deeply provocative and intriguing philosopher.

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Be the first to discover new talent! Religion, Kolakoowski There is No God. It might come back to life. Sign in to use this feature. Leszek Kolakowski has also written on religion, Spinoza, Bergson, Pascal and seventeenth-century thought. Apr 10, Liam Brown rated it really liked it.

Modernity, truth, the past and some other things.

So, natural law wasn’t natural in the middle ages? Colin Howson – – Cambridge University Press. This volume offers 27 essays 10 translated into English from the Polish for the first time divided into three sections: The title essay was beautiful.

Essays on Reason, God, and Kolwkowski. Just a moment while we sign you in to hwppy Goodreads account. All of the essays offers something of interest, his reflections on religion are interesting and insightful, though occasionally marred by a terminological or historical slip.

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