From the July/August, 2008 issue of Touchstone
Here We Are by Amanda Shaw

Here We Are

Why Is There Something Rather Than Nothing? 23 Questions from Great Philosophers
by Leszek Kolakowski

Basic, 2007
(240 pages, $20.00, hardcover)

Reading the newspaper can be a demoralizing experience: explosions and elections, scandals and the stock market. Saturated with crises and politics, we might envy the Poles for the antidote of perennial philosophy they received in Leszek Kolakowski’s regular newspaper columns.

Now collected in the pocket-sized Why Is There Something Rather Than Nothing?, each of the 23 columns pulls out a single revealing idea from a major . . .


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