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The two other sections of the book, on Christianity and Liberal ideologies, are equally prescient. Each is both a pointed, incisive, often humorous exposition, even indictment, and yet each offers an intimate portrait of Kolakowski's spiritual and intellectual development. Included also are two interviews with the author.
Far from believing that the author has "correct views on everything," the reader is likely to be convinced that Kolakowski is right on more than one point. One's rejection of Marxist ideology does not have to lead, he implicitly suggests, to the dismissal of the Marxist dream of a world without greed. Being criticial of this or that item in the Church's politics should not have to make one reject Jesus's teaching. Finally, being concerned with liberalism's inability to generate moral values should not lead us past the compelling reason to accept the liberal state as the only viable political alternative both to the political and cultural follies of our times and the dangers of religious theocratic temptations.
What Kolakowski offers in this wonderful collection of essays is, in short, a "catechism" for non-ideological Marxists, Christians, liberals, and conservatives alike.
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Leszek Kolakowski is author of over thirty books, including four from St. Augustine's Press (The Two Eyes of Spinoza and Other Essays on Philosophers, Religion: If There Is No God..., Bergson, and Husserl and the Search for Certitude) as well as Main Currents of Marxism (Oxford), Modernity on Endless Trial (Chicago) and God Owes Us Nothing (Chicago). He is the first recipient of the Library of Congress’s Kluge Prize for Human Sciences.
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