Modernity on Endless Trial

ISBN-10: 0226450465

ISBN-13: 9780226450469

Edition: 1997

Authors: Leszek Kolakowski, Stefan Czerniawski, Wolfgang Freis, Agnieszka Kolakowska

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Leszek Kolakowski delves into some of the most intellectually vigorous questions of our time in this remarkable collection of essays garnished with his characteristic wit. Ten of the essays have never appeared before in English. "Exemplary. . . . It should be celebrated." --Arthur C. Danto, New York Times Book Review "This book . . . express[es] Kolakowski's thought on God, man, reason, history, moral truth and original sin, prompted by observation of the dramatic struggle among Christianity, the Enlightenment and modern totalitarianism. It is a wonderful collection of topics." --Thomas Nagel, Times Literary Supplement "No better antidote to bumper-sticker thinking exists than this collection of 24 'appeals for moderation in consistency,' and never has such an antidote been needed more than it is now." --Joseph Coates, Chicago Tribune "Whether learned or humorous, these essays offer gems in prose of diamond hardness, precision, and brilliance." --Thomas D'Evelyn, The Christian Science Monitor A "Notable Books of the Year 1991" selection, New York Times Book Review--a "Noted with Pleasure" selection, New York Times Book Review--a "Summer Reading 1991" selection, New York Times Book Review--a "Books of the Year" selection, The Times.
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Book details

List price: $27.50
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 6/23/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 267
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Foreword
On Modernity, Barbarity, and Intellectuals
Modernity on Endless Trial
Looking for the Barbarians: The Illusions of Cultural Universalism
The Intellectuals
Why Do We Need Kant?
In Praise of Exile
On the Dilemmas of the Christian Legacy
The Revenge of the Sacred in Secular Culture
Can the Devil Be Saved?
On the So-Called Crisis of Christianity
The Illusion of Demythologization
Philosophical Faith in the Face of Revelation
From Truth to Truth
On Liberals, Revolutionaries, and Utopians
The Death of Utopia Reconsidered
The Idolatry of Politics
The Self-Poisoning of the Open Society
Politics and the Devil
Irrationality in Politics
Marxism and Human Rights
Revolution--a Beautiful Sickness
How to Be a Conservative-Liberal-Socialist: A Credo
On Scientific Theories
Why an Ideology Is Always Right
The General Theory of Not-Gardening
Fabula mundi and Cleopatra's Nose
Emperor Kennedy Legend: A New Anthropological Debate Epilogue: Education to Hatred, Education to Dignity
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