Why Is There Something Rather
Than Nothing?: 23 Questions from Great Philosophers
"I want to talk about the thought of great philosophers, not about their lives,"
- from the introduction, p x.
Because of this approach and his deep understanding of the philosophers presented the book is valuable as a catalyst for the thought of the reader, whether one has read deeply in philosophy or not. The fundamental questions raised may spur further reading and thought about these issues. One disappointment is the lack of a bibliography, but there are references in the text to specific works of philosophers which can be used to search out further texts for reading. Those who are already familiar with the works of these thinkers will find this book a refreshing challenge to remember and rethink some key ideas.
Why is There Something Rather Than Nothing? by Leszek Kolakowski. Basic Books, NY. 2007