Why is There Something Rather Than Nothing? : Questions from Great Philosophers
Can nature make us happy? How can we know anything? What is justice? Why is there evil in the world? What is the source of truth? Is it possible for God not to exist? Can we really believe what we see? There are questions that have intrigued the world's great thinkers over the ages, which still touch a cord in all of us today. They are questions that can teach us about the way we live, work, relate to each other and see the world. Here, one of the world's greatest living philosophers, Leszek Kolakowski, explores the essence of these ideas, introducing figures from Socrates to Thomas Aquinas, Descartes to Nietzsche and concentrating on one single important philosophical question from each of them. Whether reflecting on good and evil, truth and beauty, faith and the soul, or free will and consciousness, Kolakowski shows that these timeless ideas remain at the very core of our existence.
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- Paperback | 304 pages
- 129 x 198 x 17mm | 224g
- 03 Apr 2008
- Penguin Books Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
Elegant ... a conjuration of the history of philosophy as one great continuing moment of reflection Guardian
Elegant ... a conjuration of the history of philosophy as one great continuing moment of reflection * Guardian * There can be few more eminent figures in the world of ideas * The Times * The most esteemed philosopher to have produced a general introduction to his discipline since Bertrand Russell * Independent * There can be few more eminent figures in the world of ideas * The Times *
About Leszek Kolakowski
One of the most influential philosophers of his time, Leszek Kolakowski has received numerous honours and awards, most recently the first Kluge prize - the American Nobel Prize in the Human Sciences, awarded by the Library of Congress.