Leszek Kołakowski

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Leszek Kolakowski - honorary doctor of philosophy awarding ceremony Central-European University (CEU) Budapest

Friday 27 October 2006, 7:30 pm

CEU, Budapest

Leszek Kołakowski

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Közép-Európai Egyetem
Auditorium

2006. Október 27, 17:30

CEU, Auditorium
Nador u. 9, Budapest V.

Mindenkit szerettel várunk!IN THE NAME OF THE SENATE OF CENTRAL EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY, PRESIDENT AND RECTOR, YEHUDA ELKANA, IS AWARDING AN HONORARY DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY TO

LESZEK KOLAKOWSKI

LAUDATIO: Yehuda Elkana
RESPONSE: Leszek Kolakowski
AWARDING, CLOSING REMARKS: Yehuda Elkana

LESZEK KOLAKOWSKI

(born October 23, 1927 in Radom, Poland) is the most revered living Polish philosopher; he began as an orthodox Marxist but greatly contributed to the emergence of a Marxist humanism in the 1950s and 1960s. Kolakowski was closely involved in the movement towards liberation that led, in 1956, to the Polish spring. As Kolakowski dismantled the Marxist project, he simultaneously constructed an intellectual defense of European civilization, based upon faith in freedom and in the transcendent.

In this he sought to provide an intellectual defense of an essentially Christian understanding of the Western tradition. He was dismissed from the Communist Party and in 1968 he moved to the West, where he has published works on the history of religion and philosophy.

In 1968 Kotakowski became a visiting professor in the department of philosophy at McGill University and in 1969 he moved to the University of California at Berkeley. In 1970 he became a senior research fellow at All Souls College, Oxford University. He has remained at Oxford since, but spent part of 1974 at Yale University, and from 1981 to 1994 was a part-time professor at the Committee on Social Thought and in the department of philosophy at the University of Chicago.

Kolakowski has received many awards, including the German Booksellers Peace Prize (1977), Erasmus Prize (1980). Veillon Foundation European Prize for the Essay (1980), MacArthur Award (1982), Jefferson Award (1986), University of Chicago Laing Award (1990), and the Tocqueville Prize (1994). In 2003 the Library of Congress awarded him the one million dollar Kluge Prize for lifetime contribution to the humanities. Kolakowski has also published plays, stories, and fables. Tales from the Kingdom of Lailonia (1963) was built around the opposition of faith and reality. Rozmowy z diablem (1965). his second collection of tales, was published in the US as Conversations with the Devil.

Musical interlude sponsored by the Polish Institute.

Friday, October 27, 2006
5:30 p.m.
CEU, Auditorium
Nador u. 9, Budapest V.

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