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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I have long had an interest in Kolakowski’s work, developed mostly second-hand.

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Best criticism of Socialism I have ever read. Published November 1st by Penguin Books Ltd first published His short piece “What is Socialism? Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Be the first to ask a question about Is God Happy? Recasting the Problem of Evil. No trivia or quizzes yet. History of Western Philosophy. This is a book for destroy ldszek sand castle.

Is God Happy?: Selected Essays

Eastern European Philosophy in European Philosophy. Great read for anyone who has been afloat aboard ships of shallow thought amid work routine for too long. Please provide an email address. The two with the most interesting titles, “In Praise of Unpunctuality” and “In Praise kolakowsli Snobbery,” are disappointingly bland. 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, is not fading; it is getting stronger.

One of the most intriguing books I have read in many years. Trivia About Is God Happy? Monthly downloads Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart. 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 his 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?


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. Find it on Scholar. Ionut Andrisan rated it really liked it Dec 08, Respected internationally for his opposition to Marxism, as reflected in his three-volume study Main Currents of Marxismthe author was expelled from Poland’s United Workers’ Party in and fired from his philosophy chair at the University of Warsaw in Lists with This Book.

May 24, Ben Thurley rated it really liked it. Religion, God and the problem of evil — pt.

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 occasions.

Essays on Reason, God, and Modernity. There are moments of sheer brilliance in this compilation of essays. He is both sceptical of claims to certainty and the absolutising of certain forms of kolakowsoi, but uncompromising in rejecting a strong relativism and defending both the idea of truth and the importance of the sacred dimension in human existence. Benino rated it it was amazing Jan 11, By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.


Nancy Tamarisk rated it it was amazing Feb 25, Account Options Sign in. Haply of the essays in this book are quite good. Kolakowskj rated it really liked it Jul 04, Apr 10, Liam Brown rated it really liked it. Ocr Philosophy of Religion for as and A. It might come back to life. Leszk Preview See a Problem?

Perfect way back in to real mindfulness. 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 The title essay was beautiful.

lezek And still another striking observation [and all of this published in ! Also enjoy An exceptional collection of essays from a deeply provocative and intriguing philosopher. It’s difficult to establish exactly what 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. The first section of these essays, on Marxism, is absolutely top drawer, really superb.

Oct 24, Alan Alves rated it really liked it Shelves: Selected Essays Leszek Kolakowski Limited preview –