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Metaphysical Horror

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ISBN-10: 0226450554

ISBN-13: 9780226450551

Edition: 2001

Authors: Leszek Kolakowski, Agnieszka Kolakowska

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For over a century, philosophers have argued that philosophy is impossible or useless, or both. Although the basic notion dates back to the days of Socrates, there is still heated disagreement about the nature of truth, reality, knowledge, the good, and God. This may make little practical difference to our lives, but it leaves us with a feeling of radical uncertainty, a feeling described by Kolakowski as "metaphysical horror." "The horror is this," he says, "if nothing truly exists except the Absolute, the Absolute is nothing; if nothing truly exists except myself, I am nothing." The aim of this book, for Kolakowski, is finding a way out of this seeming dead end. In a trenchant analysis…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 7/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 4.25" wide x 7.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.198
Language: English

Philosophy and Philosophers
Philosophy's Self-Martyrdom ...
... And its Self-Derision
On Jaspers (1)
Philosophy's Survival
On What Is Real
Cartesian Dreams: Recycling the Cogito (1)
Alibi: The Curse of Time
The Absolute (1)
The Absolute (2)
Divine Persons and Unpersons: Is God Good? (Cruor Dei)
Damascius and Two Kinds of Nothingness
Divine Nothingness in Christianity
On All Possible Languages (1)
Recycling the Cogito (2)
On Husserl
On Merleau-Ponty
The Ego as a Quasi-Absolute
On Spinoza
On Jaspers (2)
Leibniz and All Possible Worlds
On Creation, Divine and Human
The Alter-Ego
On All Possible Languages (2)
Reading the World