Leszek Kolakowski (1927–2009)

Issue Date January 2010
Volume 21
Issue 1
Page Numbers 184-188
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The eminent Polish philosopher Leszek Kolakowski, who had a major influence on the development of the Polish democratic opposition, died on 17 July 2009. A memorial symposium entitled “Democracy, Totalitarianism, and the Culture of Freedom” was held in his honor at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, D.C., on October 15. A second memorial symposium was held on October 24 at the University of Warsaw, organized by the Stefan Batory Foundation. Selected excerpts from speeches at these two events appear in the Journal.