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Leszek Kołakowski in Memoriam


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.


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Bibliography of Leszek Kołakowski’s Writings, edited by Stanisław Gromadzki


Bibliography of Leszek Kołakowski’s Writings edited by Stanisław Gromadzki 1. Szkice o filozofii katolickiej (“Essays on Catholic Philosophy”; Polish only), PWN, War- szawa 1955. 2. Wykłady o filozofii średniowiecznej (“Lectures on Medieval Philosophy”; Polish only), PWN, Warszawa 1956. 3. Światopogląd i życie codzienne (“Word-View and Everyday Life”), PIW, Warszawa 1957. Also in Serbo-Croatian: Filosofski eseji, transl. by Svetozar Nicolić, Nolit, Beograd 1964 (=Biblioteka Sazvežda 2). 4. Jednostka i nieskończoność. Wolność i antynomie wolności w filozofii Spinozy (“Freedom and the Antinomies of Fredom in the Philosophy of Spinoza”; Polish only), PWN, War- szawa 1958. 5. Der Mensch ohne Alternative. Von der Möglichkeit und Unmöglichkeit, Marxist zu sein, 1960, transl. [from Polish] by Wanda Bronska-Pampuch, Piper, München 1960, 2 ed. 1964. 6. Notatki o współczesnej kontrreformacji (“Notes on Contemporary Counter-Reformation”; Polish only), KiW, Warszawa 1962. 7. 13 bajek z królestwa Lailonii dla dużych i małych [written about 1960], Czytelnik, Warsza- wa 1963; 2 ed. 1966, 3 ed. 1995. Prószyński i S-ka, Warszawa 1998, [2005]. In German: Dreizehn Fabel aus dem Königreich Lailonien für gross und klein, in: Der Him- melschlüssel. Dreizehn Fabel aus dem Königreich Lailonien für gross und klein, transl. [from Polish] Wanda Bronska-Pampuch (Erbauliche Geschichten) and Mikołaj Dutsch (Fabeln aus Lailonien), Piper, München, Zürich 1961 (=Serie Piper), 1965, 1966, 1981, 1985; Suhrkamp, Frankfurt a.M. 1968; Patmos Verlag, Düsseldorf 2007; – Dutch: Dertien fabels voor groot en...

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