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The Fragility of it All

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Abstract:

This article examines the development of Leszek Kolakowski's thought, in the context of changing Polish political landscape; from the early Marxist text, critical of the Catholic Church and its doctrine -- to the late books on Augustine and Pascal and sympathetic analysis of the role of religion in contemporary society. The author attempts to discover a continuity in this development; it may by found, the author argues, in Kolakowski's rationalism, understood first in opposition to religion, but later as fed on religious (or “mythical” as Kolakowski calls it) sources, reason's necessary presupposition.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0969725X.2010.536015

Affiliations: 1: Institut fur die Wissenschaften vom Menschen Institute for Human Sciences, Spittelauer Lande 3, A-1090 Vienna, Austria 2: Centre for Citizenship and Public Policy University of Western Sydney College of Arts, Penrith South Dc, NSW 1797, Australia

Publication date: December 1, 2010

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