By Leszek Kolakowski
In a trenchant research that serves as an advent to just about all of Western philosophy, Kolakowski confronts those dilemmas head on via examinations of numerous popular philosophers together with Descartes, Spinoza, Husserl, and lots of of the Neo-Platonists. He reveals that philosophy won't offer definitive solutions to the basic questions, but the hunt itself transforms our lives. it might undermine such a lot of our certainties, but it nonetheless leaves room for our religious yearnings and non secular beliefs.
The ultimate sentence of the booklet captures the hopefulness that has survived the horror of nothingness while Kolakowski asks: "Is it no longer moderate to suspect that if life have been unnecessary and the universe without which means, we'd by no means have completed not just the power to visualize another way, yet even the facility to entertain this very thought—to wit, that lifestyles is unnecessary and the universe with out meaning?" the reply, after all, is obvious. Now it really is as much as readers to absorb the problem of his arguments.
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