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Dialogue and Universalism

The New Stage of Dialogue and Universalism. Individuality and Infinity. Metanoia — Solidarity

Volume 20, Issue 7/8, 2010
Leszek Kołakowski

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Janusz Kuczyński Leszek Kołakowski: Exponential Growth towards Wisdom Networks of Panhuman Civilization
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i. leszek kołakowski and his works
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Andrzej Walicki Argument for a Balzan Prize for Leszek Kołakowski
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Marek Siemek, Maciej Bańkowski Laudatio on the Renewal of Leszek Kołakowski’s Ph.D. at the University of Warsaw
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Janusz Dobieszewski On the Consolation Offered by Leszek Kołakowski’s Metaphysical Horror
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The paper is a critical review of Leszek Kołakowski’s book Metaphysical Horror. According to Kołakowski, the starting-point of metaphysical horror is the awareness of changeability, transience, contingency and fragility of the world and human existence in face of the overwhelming and abysmal face of Nothingness. According to Kołakowski, the inevitable urge to overcome metaphysical horror leads to the idea of the Absolute, which can appear in two forms: God and cogito.What underlies the present paper is disagreement with Kołakowski’s perspective of metaphysical horror that leads to question about reasons for praise for human mortality and human relationship towards Nothingness, reasons for an acceptance of the awaiting existential horror.
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Zofia Rosińska, Maciej Bańkowski Illuminating Life. Leszek Kołakowski’s Philosophy of Culture
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In his life and work, Leszek Kołakowski traversed many paths, some more and some less well-known. The main focus here is on Kołakowski’s involvement in what one may call an anthropological variant of philosophy of culture. Anthropological philosophy of culture bases on the following assumptions:1. Human conduct is determined by culture. There is neither humanity without culture nor culture without humans.2. Human conduct is by nature referential, in other words, the factual alone is not enough for humans who tend to reach beyond it in their search for the most elemental and ultimate truths.3. Culture is a dynamic phenomenon and a challenge on the path to self-awareness.4. Axiological sensitivity.5. The culture philosopher is immersed in the culture he studies and, by revealing that which it conceals, is a source of reflection on this culture. All these assumptions lie at the core of the philosophy of Leszek Kołakowski.
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Marcin Król Intro to What Does Leszek Kołakowski Teach Us?
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Witold Mackiewicz, Lesław Kawalec Nietzschean Traits in the Works of Leszek Kołakowski
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The paper sets out to prove that Leszek Kołakowski remained under a considerable influence of Friedrich Nietzsche’s ideas, which is evidenced by the way he poses and solves theoretical problems as well as his critical and often ironical detachment from the modern culture. He devoted a great deal of attention to nihilism, and searched for mythical conditioning of the thinking of the man of today; from the late 1950s, he was a follower of the philosophy of freedom and opposed philosophical and historical determinism. He rejected systemic thinking and any fundamentalism in science.
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Werner Krieglstein Taming the Horror of Time
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ii. farewell to leszek kołakowski
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Marshal Bronisław Komorowski July 17, 2009 in the Polish Sejm: Appeal by Marshal Bronisław Komorowski for a Moment of Reflection, Thought, Prayer for Leszek Kołakowski
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Lesław Kawalec A Farewell to Professor Leszek Kołakowski (1927–2009)
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The author presents Leszek Kołakowski from the perspective of his private acquaintanceship, lasting for about 47 years, as a witty man and a workaholic. L. Kołakowski never formed a classic “school”, but there is something all his disciples share: a thesis, key to understanding his ideas, which holds that “THERE IS MORE THAN ONE CORRECT OPINION IN THE HUMANITIES”, i.e. we will ALWAYS have opinions for and against, which goes against any dogmatism, wherever it may appear; this also bears consequences in diagnosing the socio-political reality past and present.