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. His criticism of Stalinism led to his firing from Warsaw University and his work being banned in Poland. It does not diminish the enjoyment of this book but makes it at times one-sided in its views. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.

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Is God Happy? Selected Essays by Leszek Kołakowski

The first section of these essays, on Marxism, is absolutely top drawer, really superb. Just a moment while we sign you in klakowski your Goodreads account.

Jim rated it liked it Apr 02, Apr 10, Liam Brown rated it really liked it. Thanks for telling us about the problem. 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.


Is God Happy?: Selected Essays

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Essays on Reason, God, and Modernity. God, Evil, and Ethics: Be the first to discover new talent! We might be able to recognize a symptom of this robbery in the contemporary US in which major administration officials manifest a belief in a global survival of the fittest without attending to historical outcomes. 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.

Great read for anyone who has been afloat aboard ships of shallow thought amid work routine for too long. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Now, I’m no friend of Soviet Eastern Europe, and I’m glad K spoke out against it, and that he did so far more intelligently than many other commentators. I like this author’s heart.

From he was a fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. Michalina Grabias rated it really liked it Aug 05, This collection covers several topics important to the author’s life ranging from socialism, history, and theology to light and amusing moments.


,olakowski, truth, the past and some other things. He is both sceptical of claims to certainty and the absolutising of certain forms of knowledge, but uncompromising in rejecting a strong relativism and defending both the idea of truth and the importance of the sacred dimension in human existence.

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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 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 kolakowsii can they both be natural?

The title essay was beautiful.

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