Leszek Kolakowski (1927-2009) was a philosophy professor at the University of Warsaw until he was legally removed in March 1968 due to the Polish political crisis. He then went on to teach at colleges in North America and the United Kingdom. From 1981 to 1994, he was a professor at the University of Chicago's Committee on Social Thought and philosophy department. His three-volume history, Major Currents of Marxism (1976), is most recognized for his critical assessments of Marxist theory. Later in his career, he became increasingly interested in philosophical and religious issues. He was a prolific writer who wrote a number of books.
- Why Is There Something Rather Than Nothing?: 23 Questions from Great Philosophers
- Religion: If There is No God...on God, the Devil, Sin and Other Worries of the So-Called Philosophy of Religion
- Is God Happy?: Selected Essays
- Modernity on Endless Trial
- God Owes Us Nothing: A Brief Remark on Pascal's Religion and on the Spirit of Jansenism