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Elegant . a conjuration of the history of philosophy as one great continuing moment of reflection (Guardian)
There can be few more eminent figures in the world of ideas (The Times)
The most esteemed philosopher to have produced a general introduction to his discipline since Bertrand Russell (Independent)
One of the most influential philosophers of his time, Leszek Kolakowski has received numerous honours and awards, most recently the first Kluge prize - the American Nobel Prize in the Human Sciences, awarded by the Library of Congress.