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Tom Chatfield

I’ve just finished reading Why is There Something Rather than Nothing? 23 Questions from Great Philosophers by Leszek Kolakowski, who according to the back cover is “one of the world’s most admired philosophers.” It’s one of those increasingly ubiquitous, high-quality mini-hardbacks that Penguin in particular seem to churn out, but it’s definitely one of the better of the breed. From Socrates to Husserl, Kolakowski’s technique is to tell you a bit about what each philosopher said, and then to ask a few related questions (thus, after Descartes—”if the truths of mathematics really are…

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