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"A discrete, dialectical wonder, a high-brow, low-key little volume that's strangely synchronous: backward-looking, forward-thinking, and--best of all--wholly free of both condescension and commonplaceness."
Richard Neuhaus, "First Things"
"Each little essay is a masterpiece of exquisitely refined intellectual summary and judgment. One may not always agree, but, in disagreement, one is prompted to think again."
"New York Times"
"With admirable clarity and brevity, Mr. Kolakowski puts these enduring questions within arm's reach of the general reader. If your New Year's resolution is to become a better, wiser person, this may be the place to start."
Having purchased the complete text from amazon.uk, I find this small volume to be an extraordinary insight into the role that philosophy has played in western thought since the... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Scoglio
The author does a noteworthy job of seeking the answer to this question of all questions through a series of very readable interviews with noted thinkers who have something novel... Read morePublished 14 months ago by LeRoque
i only scanned it but sent it to my niece telling her that if she read this she could forget wasting her time reading more philosophy.. Read morePublished 18 months ago by J. craig
This book was used as a text in an Introduction to Philosophy class and I think it did a great job of getting the main points of these philosophers across. Read morePublished on April 2, 2013 by Scott Williams
We are met on the battlefield of a great war. It was a poetic slaughter. Aristotle had to attempt a science of everything, but the essay on Aristotle was left out so the book could... Read morePublished on August 27, 2011 by Bruce P. Barten
I bought the book because its title is the main sentence of Heidegger's great essay on metaphysics.
How can Basic Books sell it without Kolakowski's essay on Heidegger? Read more
If you are really interested in exploring philosophy and critical questions from philosophy i suggest that you avoid this book. Read morePublished on December 4, 2009 by T. Kepler
This book was more than disappointing, it was repetitious and very slanted. I'm not sure why I got it; I think I saw a reference in some other book. Read morePublished on November 12, 2009 by sbissell3
The problem with this book is that it is not good reading.
I am an omnivorous reader who reads everything. Read more