Books

07-03-2012

So far following books were published by Political Theology.

Polish authors books:

 

 

Agnieszka Kołakowska (born in 1960) Polish writer, essayist, translator. She writes in Poland and England, her two books were published by Political Theology. She lives in Paris.

The Culture Wars and Other Wars (Wojna kultur i inne wojny) A collection of essays on the culture wars, dealing with contemporary left-wing ideologies and analysing the ways in which they interconnect, both in practice and in terms of the political and philosophical principles or assumptions which underlie them. The unifying theme is political correctness and its dangers. Topics include feminism and queer theory, gobal warming, ecology and GMO, the EU and the Lisbon Treaty, communism and the Enlightenment, totalitarianism, radical islam and political reactions to it in the West, Christianity and Islam, Israel and the PLO, creeping censorship and restraints on free speech, mainly but not only in the academy, and the various ways in which the space between what is forbidden and what is mandatory has been narrowing. But there are also a few more essays in the book that are purely philosophical, neither political nor polemical. The book was published in 2010 and covers roughly the first decade of the 21st century - a time when Western PC ideologies had just started to come into fashion in Poland. 

 

 

 

A Plague of Nightingales ("Plaga Słowików")This is in part a sequel to “The Culture Wars” - an update on many of the issues covered in that book and a look at how the situation has changed over half a decade later. It contains commentary on and analysis of trends and events up to November 2016, among them the terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels, Brexit, Israel, BDS and antisemitism, the growing threats to free speech, the EU and the global warming industry. But it also considers instances of ideological blindness and manipulation on the conservative side of the political divide. It contains several essays on the Polish Church and its recent attacks on science, the manipulation and falsification of scientific evidence, and the toleration of antisemitism on the right as well as the maniulation of antisemitism on the left. There are also a number of shorter, lighter essays on a variety of topics.

 

 

 

Marta Kwaśnicka: (born in 1981), writer, blogger, journalist, university lecturer. In the magazine "Political Theology" two of her books of essays were published, namely “Krew z mlekiem” ("The Blood with Milk") and "Jadwiga". She was awarded and nominated to many awards by different bodies – she received, among others, Identitas Literary Award (2015) and the "Wings of Daedalus" Literary Award (2016). She is a scholar of the "Young Poland" programme.

The Blood with Milk ("Krew z mlekiem") by Marta Kwaśnicka is a collection of essays on literature and art. Superbly educated author, academic employee and journalist of Polish Radio, writes passionately about culture in defiance of passing fads. She goes back to Homer, Sappho, El Greco, refers to Mickiewicz and finally also to prominent people, but less known in Poland, such as the Spanish poet Sor Juana, sculptor La Roldan and poet and Jesuit Gerard Manley Hopkins. "The Blood with Milk" is also a book about Polish culture: about the spiritual and aesthetic sensitivity of Poles, formed at the junction of the European North and South. The book of Marta Kwaśnicka initiates a series of publications of Polish essayists, "Fourth Wave". The premise of the series is to present Polish authors of the younger generation, often newcomers. It is supposed to be a polyphony of culture, modernity and history.

 

Jadwiga - the story of the Polish Queen-Sovereign from the 14th century, St. Jadwiga of Anjou, owning to whom Poland joined in union with Lithuania and became a regional power. The book tries to explain what was the phenomenon of this very young queen who not only changed the fate of the country where she was a queen, but she was later raised to the altars. It is the story of a young woman growing up to personal sovereignty. The book is not a typical biography or a historical book. Starting from the historical data, the author reconstructs the spiritual development of the queen and the changes in the spirituality of the contemporaneous age.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Magdalena Gawin: (born in 1972) - historian of ideas and essayist, academic employee at the Institute of History. She deals with the history of the 19th and 20th centuries. She made her debut with the book on Polish eugenics movement. Her works have been published in, among others, “The Catholic Weekly”, "Rzeczpospolita", "Knowledge and Life", "Political Theology".

A Ticket to Modernity („Bilet do nowoczesności”) is a series of articles and essays about phenomena in various fields of social life. Written in magnificent literary language, it combines lightness and accessibility with great erudition. The book describes the cinema of Kieslowski, the alleged backwardness of Poles, literature of the Polish People's Republic times, the history of Polish elites and the changes in the interior design of Polish apartments over the years. It includes works on merited Polish women, especially in the fields of science and culture, such as Maria Sklodowska-Curie, Maria Rodziewiczówna or Maria Konopnicka.

 

 

 

Tomasz Stefanek (born in 1984) - historian of ideas, museologist. He graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Warsaw. Within the individual studies at the Collegium Invisibile he dealt with political philosophy and the history of ideas. Scholar of DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. He carried out research, educational and exhibition projects in collaboration with the Warsaw Uprising Museum and the Museum of Polish History. Co-founder of the permanent exhibition in the Emigration Museum in Gdynia. He works at the Witold Pilecki’s Research Centre on Totalitarianism.

To Be or Not to Be. Sketches of Subjectivity („Być albo nie być. Szkice z podmiotowości”) – the essays from this book describe the issue of political subjectivity that Tomasz Stefanek considers in relation to the Polish situation after 1989. He raises questions about the nature of the political community, the importance of the memorandum, the role of a common culture and collective memory, and the conditions for lasting peace. It turns out that the great thinkers - Plato, Aristotle, Burke, and Nietzsche - have something to say about the sovereignty of states in the European Union, the temperature of the political conflict in Poland and the problem of the broken political and cultural continuity due to a half of a century of communism.

 

Jakub Lubelski (born 1984), novelist, journalist. His debut novel “Boiduda” (2012) was nominated for the award of Kościelski Foundation. He is a scholar of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Young Poland 2015. He is also the author of multimedia exhibitions devoted to contemporary Polish history. He is currently working on another novel. He lives in Cracow with his wife Maria and daughter Janina.

Suction. Sacred Hunger in Polish Literature(„Ssanie. Głód sacrum w literaturze polskiej”)  – this tom strikes with its originality. The author outlines here new - very ingenious - map of contemporary literature. And in doing so he is independent and inspiring. The great advantage of his writing is lively and light style. Although he writes about challenging issues - requiring concentration and consideration -  he does it always clearly, cleverly and wittily. Jakub Lubelski’s literary become exciting literature themselves. The collected texts describe such artists as Leopold Tyrmand, Witold Gombrowicz, Szczepan Twardoch or Bruno Schulz.

 

 

Paweł  Paliwoda (1963 – 2013) historian of philosophy, journalist, and publicist actively participating in shaping the Polish public debate. He co-founded the Warsaw Club of Political Criticism. He published in such magazines as “Życie” ("Life"), “Dziennik” (“Daily Newspaper”), “Nowe Państwo” (“New State”), "Rzeczpospolita", "Ozon" (“Ozone”), “Gość Niedzielny” ("Sunday Guest"). In the last years of life, he was associated with “Gazeta Polska” ("Polish Newspaper").

Kambei Shimada is a collection of articles of different length dedicated to one main thread, which are philosophical, social or religious (or rather anti-religious) shoals of liberal democracy: a system which is considered the only solution in Poland by contemporary society. This book contains selected Paliwoda’s articles relating to philosophy, the crisis of civilization, the elites of the Third Polish Republic, the judiciary, social irregularities and religion grouped in the appropriate subchapters.

 

 

 

 

Tomasz Merta (1965-2010) historian of ideas, essayist, academic teacher. He graduated from the Polish philology at Warsaw University and from grad school in the School of Social Sciences at IFiS. He taught at the Warsaw University at the Institute of Applied Social Sciences and in the Erasmus of Rotterdam’s Department. He published in the underground press („Nurt”/” Current", “Orzeł biały”/"White Eagle"), and later in “Opinia” ("Opinion"), "Res Publika Nowa", “Życie” ("Life"), “Znak” (“Sign”), “Kwartalnik Konserwatywny” (“Conservative Quarterly"), “Rzeczpospolita" and "Gazeta Wyborcza" (“Electoral Newspaper”). Member of the Warsaw Club of Political Criticism. Author of several textbooks and methodological guides for teachers in civic education. In 2001-2002 he was the director of the National Heritage Institute. Since 2005, he was Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the General Conservator of Monuments. He died on April 10, 2010 in plane crash in Smolensk, when the Polish delegation led by President Lech Kaczynski traveled

The Necessity of Conservatism („Nieodzowność konserwatyzmu”)  - this book is a collection of texts written by the outstanding essayist and historian of ideas Tomasz Merta. The author shows the readers the fascinating relationship between philosophy, politics and culture. Formulating intriguing questions and posing bold diagnosis, he reveals the richness of his original thinking, erudition and great sense of humor. Analysis of the classical problems of political philosophy, as well as current issues in modern politics, serve him to develop a modern outlook on Polish contemporary problems.

 

 

 

 

Jacek Grzybowski: (born in 1973) Catholic priest, doctor of philosophy, assistant professor at the Faculty of Christian Philosophy at Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw. Author of books and scientific articles on the history of philosophy, political philosophy, and cultural philosophy. In his academic work and educational activities, he focuses on the issues of philosophical inspiration and sources of contemporary cultural and civilization questions.

Escape from the Land of Oblivion („Uciec z krainy zapomnienia”): the book is a review of philosophical ideas which have become important over the two thousand years of human philosophical reflection. From Plato's considerations on the immortality of the human soul and the mystery of death through widely discussed problems of medieval European philosophy. An important part of the book are the reflections on philosophical anthropology concerning defining person's status and tasks. The author presents in detail anthropology of Boethius and Thomas Aquinas. Essential part of the book is also a description of the medieval Christian world, and especially the relationship between the politics and power. The book attempts to capture the unique medieval phenomenon which was the political theology - reflection on the world in which man in one’s most basic dimensions, experiences and needs is politically involved and at the same time deeply religious. In the book, there is also a discussion of Martin Heidegger’s philosophy, as well as reflections on the condition of philosophy in times of postmodern cultural and civilization changes.

 

 

Jarosław Kurek, Paideia rzymska

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mateusz Matyszkowicz, Śmierć rycerza na uniwersytecie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teoria i praktyka polityczna Marka Aureliusza

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marek A. Cichocki, Dariusz Gawin, Dariusz Karłowicz, Trzeci punkt widzenia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dariusz Karłowicz, Arcyparadoks śmierci

The book translated into English is available here:

https://www.peterlang.com/view/product/23838?tab=aboutauthor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrzej Dobosz, Z różnych półek

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ks. Eugeniusz Dąbrowski, Dzieje Pawła z Tarsu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Books translated into Polish:

 

 

Eric Voegelin, Izrael i Objawienie (Israel and Revelation Vol. I of Order and History)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eric Voegelin, Świat polis (The World of the polis, Vol. II of Order and History)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eric Voegelin, Platon (the first part of the Plato and Aristotle, Vol. III of Order and History)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eric Voegelin, Arystoteles (the second part of the Plato and Aristotle, Vol. III of Order and History)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Problem ładu politycznego. Eseje o myśli Erica Voegelina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rémi Brague, Europa, droga rzymska (Europe, la voie romaine)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rémi Brague, Prawo Boga (La Loi de Dieu. Histoire philosophique d'une alliance)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alain Besancon, Święta Ruś (Sainte Russie)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christian Meier, Powstanie polityczności u Greków (Die Entstehung des Politischen bei den Griechen)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carl Schmitt, Nauka o konstytucji (Verfassungslehre)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark L. McPherran, Religia Sokratesa

(The Religion of Socrates)

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