A Missed Opportunity: Leszek Kolakowski in Berkeley

Jay, Martin
March 2010
Salmagundi;Spring/Summer2010, Issue 166/167, p3
Academic Journal
The author features the life and success of the Polish philosopher Leszek Kolakowski who died on July 27, 2009 in Berkeley, California. He describes Kolakowski as a tough-minded person whose own writings were more sardonic than sentimental. He cites the essay written by the German Sociologist Hans Joas concerning his own views on religion. The author explains that Joas stresses the critical intelligence of Kolakowski and the chance to benefit from his vast erudition.


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