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Dialogue and Universalism

Volume 20, Issue 7/8, 2010

Leszek Kołakowski

Witold Mackiewicz, Lesław Kawalec
Pages 57-75

Nietzschean Traits in the Works of Leszek Kołakowski

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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