History as a System: And Other Essays Toward a Philosophy of History

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1961 - 269 pagine
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Senor Ortega y Gasset has contributed a thoughtful and a careful analysis of our present situation. If he is correct, then nationalism and liberalism as we have known them in the past are doomed. A new and perhaps a better order and conditioning of life are on the way. This book attempts to justify historically the coming of great change the same great change that was prophesied by William Morris in England, more than half a century ago. The New York Times"
  

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Recensione dell'utente  - Jared Macdonald - Goodreads

The more I read of Gasset, the more I identify and appreciate his philosophy. The Sportive Origin of the State is a fascinating idea and I'd love to investigate it further. Often one only hears moral ... Leggi recensione completa

Review: History as a System and other Essays Toward a Philosophy of History

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TRANSLATOR S FOREWORD
10
MAN THE TECHNICIAN
87
HISTORY AS A SYSTEM
165
AFTERWORD BY JOHN WILLIAM MILLER
237
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Informazioni sull'autore (1961)

Essayist and philosopher, a thinker influential in and out of the Spanish world, Jose Ortega y Gasset was professor of metaphysics at the University of Madrid from 1910 until the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in 1936. The Revolt of the Masses, his most famous work, owes much to post-Kantian schools of thought. Ortega's predominant thesis is the need of an intellectual aristocracy governing in a spirit of enlightened liberalism. Although Franco, after his victory in the civil war, offered to make Ortega Spain's "official philosopher" and to publish a deluxe edition of his works, with certain parts deleted, the philosopher refused. Instead, he chose the life of a voluntary exile in Argentina, and in 1941 he was appointed professor of philosophy at the University of San Marcos in Lima, Peru. He returned to Spain in 1945 and died in Madrid. Ortega's reformulation of the Cartesian cogito displays the fulcrum of his thought. While Rene Descartes declared "Cogito ergo sum" (I think, therefore I am), Ortega maintained "Cogito quia vivo" (I think because I live). He subordinated reason to life, to vitality. Reason becomes the tool of people existing biologically in a given time and place, rather than an overarching sovereign. Ortega's philosophy consequently discloses affinities in its metaphysics to both American pragmatism and European existentialism in spite of its elitism in social philosophy.

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