Is God Happy?: Selected Essays (Hardcover)
The late Leszek Kolakowski was one of the most brilliant minds of the twentieth century. A prominent anti-communist writer, Kolakowski was also a deeply humanistic thinker, and his empathy, wit, and erudition are on full display in Is God Happy? Accessible and wide-ranging, these essays—many of them translated into English for the first time—testify to the remarkable scope of Kolakowski’s work, covering topics ranging from Pascal and Erasmus, to the nature of good and evil, to secularism and socialism. The pieces distil Kolakowski’s lifelong engagement with the eternal problems of philosophy and some of the most vital questions of our age.
About the Author
Leszek Kolakowski (1927-2009) was professor of philosophy at the University of Warsaw until the Polish political crisis of March 1968 when he was formally expelled. He then moved to universities in North America and the United Kingdom. From 1981 to 1994 he was a professor in the Committee on Social Thought and the department of philosophy at the University of Chicago. He is best known for his critical analyses of Marxist thought, especially his three-volume history, "Main Currents of Marxism" (1976). In his later work, he increasingly focused on philosophical and religious questions. He was the author of numerous books.