Leszek Kolakowski

Kołakowski, Leszek

Leszek Kołakowski (lĕsh´ĕk kô´wəkôf´skē), 1927–2009, Polish philosopher, b. Radom, Ph.D Univ. of Warsaw, 1953. A Marxist revisionist and a critic of the Eastern European Communism he once embraced, Kołakowski left Poland after his expulsion from the Polish Workers' party (1966) and his dismissal from his professorship at the Univ. of Warsaw (1968). He subsequently was a fellow at All Souls College, Oxford (1970–95) and a professor at the Univ. of Chicago (1981–94). While in exile, he wrote extensively and astutely on the history of philosophy, Marxism, and religion, influencing the Polish opposition to Communist rule in the 1970s and 80s and the formation of the Solidarity union. His more than 30 books include Toward a Marxist Humanism (tr. 1968), Main Currents of Marxism (3 vol., 1976, tr. 1978, repr. 2005; his most influential work), Religion: If There is No God (1982, 2d ed. 1993, repr. 2001), and Modernity on Endless Trial (1990). In addition to scholarly texts, he also wrote fables, stories, and plays.

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Leszek Kolakowski: Selected full-text books and articles

The Soviet Union and the Challenge of the Future By Alexander Shromas; Morton A. Kaplan Paragon Press, vol.1, 1988
Librarian's tip: Chap. 8 "Communism as a Cultural Phenomenon" by Leszek Kolakowski
Leszek Kolakowski & the Anatomy of Totalitarianism By Kimball, Roger New Criterion, Vol. 23, No. 10, June 2005
Main Currents of Kolakowski By Janowski, Zbigniew First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life, No. 166, October 2006
Can Europe Happen? By Kolakowski, Leszek New Criterion, Vol. 21, No. 9, May 2003
Leaving Marxism: Studies in the Dissolution of an Ideology By Stanley Pierson Stanford University Press, 2001
Librarian's tip: Chap. 4 "Leszek Kolakowski"
In Search of a Political Philosophy: Ideologies at the Close of the Twentieth Century By W. J. Stankiewicz Routledge, 1993
Librarian's tip: "Kolakowski's View of Three Persuasions" begins on p. 7
Leibniz & Job: The Metaphysics of Evil & the Experience of Evil By Kolakowski, Leszek New Criterion, Vol. 22, No. 5, January 2004
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