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Leszek Kołakowski (born October 23, 1927 in Radom, Poland – died July 17, 2009 in Oxford, England) was a Polish philosopher and historian of ideas. He was best known for his critical analyses of Marxist thought, especially his acclaimed three-volume history, Main Currents of Marxism, considered by some to be one of the most important books on political theory of the 20th century.
Leszek Kołakowski and Zofia Bartoszewska and Władysław Bartoszewski (b. 1922), Polish historian and politician