“…there is no logical passage.”

Thursday, 6 October 2016, 6:30pm - 8:00pm, IWM library
What can we learn from Leszek Kołakowski about the passage between Self and World if there is no logical one? In answering this, we should follow his path to consider the “pursuit of truth as distinct from the pursuit of a technically reliable knowledge”.  Since for the author of God Owes Us Nothing the negation of the passage is not the opposite of its construction, we will encounter him as a builder, not a crosser, of the Bridge.

czyzsewski_kleinKrzystof Czyżewski is a Polish writer, philosopher, theatre director, editor. He is co-founder and president of the Borderland Foundation (1990) and director of the Centre “Borderland of Arts, Cultures and Nations” in Sejny. Together with his team he revitalized a manor house in Krasnogruda, near the Polish-Lithuanian border, that once belonged to the Czesław Miłosz family, and initiated there an International Center for Dialog (2011). Furthermore, he coordinates intercultural dialogue programs in Europe, Caucasus, Israel, Central Asia, Indonesia, Bhutan and USA.
Since 2015 he is a Visiting Professor at Rutgers University and at the University of Bologna.

Among his books of poetry and essays are: The Path of the Borderland (2001), Line of Return. Notes from the Borderland (2008), Miłosz. A Connective Tissue (2014), and The Krasnogruda Bridge. A Bridge-Builder’s Toolkit (2016).


Leszek Kołakowski (1927-2009)


The keynote speech by Krzysztof Czyżewski will be the opening of the Second Annual Leszek Kołakowski Symposium “Paradises Lost: Entzauberung, Utopia, and their Afterlives”. The closed conference will be preceded by an afternoon‐section on the philosophical work of Krzysztof Michalski (1948–2013), founding Rector of the IWM and erstwhile student of Kołakowski at the University of Warsaw.
Program of  Kołakowski Symposium II