A Massive Impact: Leszek Kołakowski on Philosophy

“A modern philosopher who has never experienced the feeling of being a charlatan is such a shallow mind that his work is probably not worth reading”.

“For well over a hundred years, a large portion of academic philosophy has been devoted to explaining that philosophy is either impossible or useless or both. Thereby philosophy proves that it can safily and happily survive its own death by keeping itself busy proving that it has actually died. […] The farewell to philosophy never ends like the ‘bye-bye’ in the famous sequence of a Laurel and Hardy film. What was once the kernel of philosophical reflection – being and non-being, good and evil, myself and the universe – seems to be repressed and reduced, except in the cause of historical enquiry, to almost such a dark corner in academia as God is in the departments of Divinity or as sexuality was in Victorian conversations.”

Both quotes are taken from: Leszek Kołakowski, Metaphysical Horror, Oxford 1988.

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