Penguin Book

Is God Happy?

Leszek Kolakowski

From one of the world's great philosophers, a posthumous collection of essays on what we can salvage from the ruins of Communism, Capitalism and religion.

This collection of essays spans over half a century - the first included here date from 1956, the last from 2007 - and a wide range of subjects, from socialism to whether God is happy, from Job, Leibniz and the problem of evil to Pascal and the problem of divine Grace, from Erasmus and the reform of the Church to truth, reason and the Enlightenment. The author deals, in a way accessible to the general reader, with some of the fundamental problems of philosophy and political ideology which absorbed him throughout his life.

Leszek Kolakowski (1927-2009), born in Radom, Poland, was Professor of the History of Philosophy at the University of Warsaw until expelled from that post for political reasons by the Communist authorities. He left Poland and from 1970 was Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. He was also Professor at the Committee on Social Thought at the University at Chicago. He is the author of, among others, Main Currents of Marxism, Religion, Bergson, God Owes us Nothing and Horror Metaphysicus, a large number of essay collections and three books of tales. He was the recipient of many honorary doctorates, both in Europe and in the US, and many prizes and awards - among them the Erasmus Prize, the Prix Tocqueville, the Jefferson Prize, the MacArthur award and the Kluge Prize.

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  • Philosophy and Religion
Format TPS
198 x 129mm
Hachette Book Group US (Basic Books) (PRH Rights)
Audio (Unabridged)
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