Toward a Philosophy of History by Jose Ortega y Gasset
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Toward a Philosophy of History
By Jose Ortega y Gasset

Toward a Philosophy of History

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Toward a Philosophy of History by Jose Ortega y Gasset

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This farsighted, humanizing volume celebrates "the supreme art of living" and the creative potential of exuberance and delight to spur developments in every realm, from biology to technology to politics.Claiming that "we are given no escape from last questions," the esteemed Spanish thinker and teacher Jos Ortega y Gasset identifies two kinds of activity serving human advancement: on the one hand, a vital, creative profligacy that generates multiple possibilities; on the other, a utilitarian mechanization that trims this excess back to everyday use and habit. In this dialectic, Ortega locates the origin of the state as well as of evolution, which he describes as "a consequence of innumerable useless actions which a living being performs out of sheer exuberance." Observing that "living means dealing with the world, turning to it, acting in it," Ortega warns against the dangers of intellectual isolation. "Alertness is what we require," he says. "We are not allowed to confine ourselves within our own professions, but must live in full view of the entire scene of life." Writing in the 1940s, he foresees the unification of the states of Europe, noting that "the unity of Europe as society is not an ideal but an ancient daily fact." He also discusses the advantages, the limitations, and the threat of technology, insisting that its illusory security imperils Western civilization.Measuring true progress by humankind's capacity to retain its humanity, Toward a Philosophy of History bears the mark of Ortega's fine intelligence and his abiding faith in the redemptive power of engaged living and original thinking.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780252070457
ISBN-10: 0252070453
Format: Paperback
(211mm x 138mm x 21mm)
Pages: 280
Imprint: University of Illinois Press
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2001
Country of Publication: United States

Books By Author Jose Ortega y Gasset

Estudios Sobre el Amor by 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 by Jose Ortega y Gasset 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 by Jose Ortega y Gasset Psychological Investigations, Paperback (June 2007)

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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