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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Borys rated it really liked it Dec 01, A collection of essays by the Polish philosopher Kolakowski —viewed by some as one of the intellectual progenitors of Poland’s Solidarity movement. Quotes from Is God Happy?

Is God Happy? Selected Essays by Leszek Kołakowski

People who likes to standing flags, exalt idols and protect things that they have no deep knowledge. Some of the essays in this book are quite good. From he was a fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. There are some beautiful ideas in this book.

Is God Happy?: Selected Essays

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Great read for anyone who has been afloat aboard ships happpy shallow thought amid work routine for too long. Selected Essays Leszek Kolakowski Limited preview – The remainder consists of eleven short essays, ten of which are newly translated into English.


And we know the dangers to which this quite kolaoowski need gives rise when it degenerates into militant chauvinism. Be the first to ask a question about Is God Happy? Benino rated it it was amazing Jan 11, I have long leszdk an interest in Kolakowski’s work, developed mostly second-hand. Open Preview See a Problem? His criticism of Stalinism led to his firing from Warsaw University and his work being banned in Poland.

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So, natural law wasn’t natural in the middle ages? 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 leszem has been abused in the past my natural law favors me; yours favors you; can they both be natural? Sign in to use this feature. Marysia rated it really liked it Oct 27, Tom rated it liked it Nov 13, Colin Howson – – Cambridge University Press.

Kolakowski offers his insights into the foibles and struggles of the human condition. Eric vd Luft – – Gegensatz Press. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.


View all 3 comments. 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 lsezek 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 Or was it something else? His short piece “What is Socialism?


Sorina rated it really liked it May 07, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Recasting the Problem of Evil.

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.

There is an unavoidable and tragic contradiction, then, at the heart of human experience in that we cannot live without Go.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Respected internationally for his opposition to Marxism, as reflected in his three-volume study Main Currents oeszek Marxismthe author was expelled from Poland’s United Workers’ Party in and fired from his philosophy chair at the University of Warsaw in