A late call on the departure of the distinguished scholar Leszek Kolakowski. A short obituary.
Starting off as an orthodox Marxist in postwar Poland, Kolakowski became progressively disenchanted and his calls for a more democratic version of socialism led him into conflicts with the censors which finally forced him to move to the West.
In exile, first at Berkeley University in California and then at Oxford’s All Souls, Kolakowski wrote books on the history of ideas, culminating in his “Main Currents of Marxism,” published in 1978, which chronicled the origins, rise and decline of Karl Marx’s philosophy.
His Wik entry.