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Presence of Myth

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ISBN-10: 0226450570

ISBN-13: 9780226450575

Edition: 1989

Authors: Leszek Kolakowski, Adam Czerniawski

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"[An] important essay by a philosopher who more convincingly than any other I can think of demonstrates the continuing significance of his vocation in the life of our culture."--Karsten Harries, The New York Times Book Review With The Presence of Myth, Kolakowski demonstrates that no matter how hard man strives for purely rational thought, there has always been-and always will be-a reservoir of mythical images that lend "being" and "consciousness" a specifically human meaning. "Kolakowski undertakes a philosophy of culture which extends to all realms of human intercourse--intellectual, artistic, scientific, and emotional. . . . [His] book has real significance for today, and may well…    
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 1989
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 11/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 146
Size: 5.43" wide x 8.43" long x 0.59" tall
Weight: 0.352
Language: English

Leszek Kolakowski (1927-2009) was professor of philosophy at the University of Warsaw until the Polish political crisis of March 1968 when he was formally expelled. He then moved to universities in North America and the United Kingdom. From 1981 to 1994 he was a professor in the Committee on Social Thought and the department of philosophy at the University of Chicago. He is best known for his critical analyses of Marxist thought, especially his three-volume history, Main Currents of Marxism (1976). In his later work, he increasingly focused on philosophical and religious questions. He was the author of numerous books.  

Preface to the English Edition
Preliminary Distinctions
Myth within the Epistemological Inquiry
Myth in the Realm of Values
Myth in Logic
THe Mythical Sense of Love
Myth, Existence, Freedom
Myth and the Contingency of Nature
The Phenomenon of the World's Indifference
Myth in the Culture of Analgesics
The Permanence and Fragility of Myth
Conclusion Index of Names