An Introduction to the Politics and Philosophy of José Ortega Y Gasset

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 19, 2009 - Philosophy - 204 pages
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This book provides a general survey of the life and work of the Spanish philosopher and essayist Ortega y Gasset (1183-1955), author of the widely read The Revolt of the Masses. Dr Dobson divides his study into sections devoted to Ortega's political thinking and to his philosophy, rooting these in the context of contemporary Spain and discussing the wider implications of their influence. He examines Ortega's position with regard to the Civil War, his ambivalent espousal of socialism, his emphasis on the importance of the select individual in the modernisation of society and creation of a nació vital; the appropriation of his ideas by Primo de Rivera in the cause of fascism. This book is intended to be accessible to both Hispanists and general readers with an interest in literature, history, intellectual and political thought and philosophy.
  

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Contents

History politics and biography
17
Socialism and capitalism
45
Liberalism and democracy
58
Conservatism and elitism
72
Nacionalizacion and decentralisation
86
Fascism?
95
What is philosophy and why is it done?
109
Idealism realism and radical reality
126
Perspectivism and truth
144
Razon vital reason from the point
163
Select bibliography
181
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