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Why Is There Something Rather Than Nothing?: 23 Questions from Great Philosophers Hardcover – November 13, 2007
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"New York Review of Books"
"A slight and deceptively modest volume, "Why Is There Something Rather Than Nothing?" is more than a short guide to the history of philosophy.... Written with a graceful simplicity that belies its profundity, this is a book that reconnects philosophy with perennial questions.... Kolakowski's work is exemplary and indispensable."
"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."
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This little book is both challenging and enjoyable to read, a real thought-provoker.
I can't recommend this book unless you only want to be exposed to one idea in philosophy and that idea being a narrow one..
How can Basic Books sell it without Kolakowski's essay on Heidegger?
Without question this is a completely misleading title...either Basic Books is corrupt And stupid,
or they are simply ignorant(not excusable) and to be boycotted whenever possible.
For those poor souls reading this who might be interested in Kolakowski, the other philosophers
dumped without remorse (you learn of them in a "Note on the English Edition" (page xi)
are: Aristotle (!), Eckhart, Nicolas of Cusa, Hobbes, Jaspers, and Plotinus.
Simply inexcusable, unbelievable, and not acceptable.
All the essays should be present for one thing,
but selling the book with a title from an essay they have stripped from the edition is just junk.