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Poland, 1927 - 2009
Polish thinker and historian of ideas

Leszek Kolakowski

Leszek Kolakowski was a philosopher and historian of ideas. He began his career under Marxist rule, but became critical of Marxism after a visit to Stalinist Moscow and lost his position at the University of Warsaw. He went into exile, worked as professor of philosophy at the universities of Yale, McGill, Berkeley and Oxford, and wrote the classic work Main Currents of Marxism (1976-1978). Other works are Modernity on Endless Trial (1990), God Owes Us Nothing (1995), Freedom, Fame, Lying, and Betrayal: Essays on Everyday Life (1999), The Two Eyes of Spinoza and Other Essays on Philosophers (2004) and My Correct Views on Everything (2005). A selection of Kolakowski’s essays can be read in Is God Happy? (2013).

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Maar er was geen plaats in de herberg
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Europees humanisme in fragmenten. Grammatica van een ongesproken taal
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Durf ongelukkig te zijn
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De queeste van het leven Deel II. Het Kwaad
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Het testament van de 20ste eeuw Deel II. Afgoderij

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Part II. Evil

The Quest for Life

11 June 2002 9.20 - 21.45 Tilburg University


Part II. Idolatry

The Legacy of the Twentieth Century

15 May 1998 9.30 - 20.00 Tilburg University