The Origin of Philosophy
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Origin of Philosophy by Jose Ortega y Gasset
Book DescriptionThis concise, elegant essay on the roots and historical justification of philosophy marks a decisive step in posing the problem of what philosophy is. With consummate clarity and the charisma that distinguished him as a lecturer, Jos Ortega y Gasset re-creates "that moment when Parmenides began talking about something exceptionally strange, which he called 'being'". How and why, he asks, did such a surprising adventure come about? Considering the human qualities that prompt a curiosity about existence and eternity, Ortega examines philosophy's etymology, its connection to poetry, and its differentiation from religion and other modes of thought. He lucidly delineates radical differences of doctrine and style among early Greek thinkers, especially the "madman of reason" Parmenides and the "absolute individual" Heraclitus. He also considers philosophy's fundamental task of revealing the latent world poised behind the manifest world and discovering the relations between them. "Unable to find lodging among the philosophies of the past", Ortega observes, "we have no choice but to attempt to construct one of our own". "The Origin of Philosophy" argues for the vital importance of philosophy as a human endeavor, even while noting that each generation of thought reveals the past as "a defunct world of errors".
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780252068966
(210mm x 139mm x 10mm)
Imprint: University of Illinois Press
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2000
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Jose Ortega y Gasset
Estudios Sobre el Amor, Paperback / softback (November 2015)
Ortega y Gasset's influence was considerable, not only because many sympathized with his philosophical writings, but also because his writings did not require that the reader be well read in technical philosophy. Ortega y Gasset influenced existentialism and the work of Martin Heidegger. In this book Ortega y Gasset takes on the subject of love.
Idea of Principle in Leibnitz and the Evolution of Deductive Theory, Paperback (November 2007)
This book, an exploration of the work of Leibnitz, is Ortega's most systematic contribution to philosophy.
Psychological Investigations, Paperback (June 2007)View all books by Jose Ortega y Gasset
This volume, based on lectures given by Ortega in 1915-1916, makes available more of his translated works and is an important part of his philosophical legacy. It gives expression, in characteristically lucid and accessible prose, to Ortega's encounter with classical psychology and Husserl's phenomenology.
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