Show Less

Leszek Kołakowski in Memoriam

Series:

Jacek Migasinski

This volume is devoted to the person and work of Leszek Kołakowski, who died in July 2009. At the turn of the 1940s and 1950s, Leszek Kołakowski belonged to a group of young intellectuals actively supporting on the «ideological front» and in the University of Warsaw the new political agendas of Marxist provenance introduced in Poland. But already in 1955-56, he came to the fore of a movement of philosophical revisionists radically questioning the validity of these Marxist prescriptions. This resulted in his expulsion from the Communist Party in the early 1960s, then from the University and finally from Poland after the «March events» in 1968. Presented in this volume are, on the one hand, texts drawing up a historical balance sheet of theoretical achievements of Leszek Kołakowski (articles by Andrzej Walicki and Andrew Targowski), and, on the other, essays devoted to certain aspects of his philosophical position (articles by Marcin Król, Zofia Rosińska, Janusz Dobieszewski, Witold Mackiewicz and Janusz Kuczyński). Also presented in this volume are some occasional essays sketching a portrait of Leszek Kołakowski (by Marek J. Siemek, Karol Toeplitz and Jerzy Szacki). The book is closed with an extensive bibliography.

Prices

See more price optionsHide price options
Show Summary Details
Restricted access

Contents

Extract

Foreword .................................................................................................................. 7 Andrzej Walicki On writing intellectual history: Leszek Kołakowski and the Warsaw school of the history of ideas .................................................................................................. 9 Andrew Targowski Leszek Kołakowski in the West and in Poland .................................................... 27 Marcin Król Intro to What Does Leszek Kołakowski Teach Us? ............................................... 31 Zofia Rosińska Illuminating Life. Leszek Kołakowski’s Philosophy of Culture .......................... 39 Janusz Dobieszewski On the Consolation Offered by Leszek Kołakowski’s Metaphysical Horror ..... 49 Witold Mackiewicz Nietzschean Traits in the Works of Leszek Kołakowski ..................................... 67 Janusz Kuczyński The Universalism of John Paul II—The Universalism of Leszek Kołakowski. Afterword ............................................................................................................... 85 Marek Siemek Laudatio on the Renewal of Leszek Kołakowski’s Ph.D. at the University of Warsaw .................................................................................................................. 99 Karol Toeplitz A Farewell to Professor Leszek Kołakowski (1927–2009) ................................... 105 Jerzy Szacki Leszek Kołakowski (1927–2009): Remembrances and Some Comments .......... 117 Bibliography of Leszek Kołakowski’s Writings, edited by Stanisław Gromadzki ........................................................................... 131

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

This site requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals.

Do you have any questions? Contact us.

Or login to access all content.