Polish philosopher Leszek Kolakowski is renowned worldwide for wrestling with serious philosophical conundrums with dazzling elegance. In this new book, he turns his characteristic wit to important themes of ordinary life, from the need for freedom to the wheel of fortune, from the nature of God to the ambiguities of betrayal. Extremely lucid and lacking in intellectual pretension, these essays speak in everyday language, spurring the reader's own thoughts and providing a handle on which to debate and think about the themes. The eighteen essays cover the following topics: power, fame, equality, lying, toleration, travel, virtue, collective responsibility, the wheel of fortune, betrayal, violence, boredom, freedom, luxury, God, respect for nature, superstition, and national stereotypes.
On Power -- On Fame -- On Equality -- On Lying -- On Toleration -- On Travel -- On Virtue -- On Collective Responsibility -- On The Wheel of Fortune -- On Betrayal -- On Violence -- On Boredom -- On Freedom -- On Luxury -- On God -- On Respect for Nature -- On Superstition -- On National Stereotypes