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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."
The original edition (Penguin, UK) had 30 essays, but this one had 7 of them, WITHOUT PREVIOUS ALERT, cut off!
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.
It almost, but not quite, gets to the point where it becomes a serious flaw with the book rather than just an annoyance.
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 7 months ago by Richard Colestock
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 11 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 20 months ago 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
The book came very quickly and at a price cheaper than advertized in the magazine that reviewed it.Published on November 2, 2008 by David I. Shoulders