José Ortega y Gasset (9 May 1883 – 18 October 1955) was a Spanish liberal philosopher and essayist working during the first half of the 20th century while Spain oscillated between monarchy, republicanism and dictatorship. He was, along with Friedrich Nietzsche, a proponent of the idea of perspectivism, which was pioneered in European thought by Immanuel Kant.
José Ortega y Gasset was born 9 May 1883 in Madrid. His father was director of the newspaper El Imparcial, which belonged to the family of his mother, Dolores Gasset. The family was definitively of Spain's end-of-the-century liberal and educated bourgeoisie. The liberal tradition and journalistic engagement of his family had ... more »
''Were art to redeem man, it could do so only by saving him from the seriousness of life and restoring him to an unexpected boyishness.''José Ortega Y Gasset (1883-1955), Spanish essayist, philosopher. "Art a Thing of No Consequence," The Dehumanization of Art (1925).
''Better beware of notions like genius and inspiration; they are a sort of magic wand and should be used sparingly by anybody who wants to see things clearly.''José Ortega Y Gasset (1883-1955), Spanish essayist, philosopher. "Decline of the Novel," Notes on the Novel (1925).
I do not deny that there may be other well-founded causes for the hatred which various classes feel toward politicians, but the main one seems to me that politicians are symbols of the fact that every...José Ortega Y Gasset (1883-1955), Spanish essayist, philosopher. "Direct Action," ch. 2, Invertebrate Spain (1921).
''Being an artist means ceasing to take seriously that very serious person we are when we are not an artist.''José Ortega Y Gasset (1883-1955), Spanish essayist, philosopher. "Doomed to Irony," The Dehumanization of Art (1925).
''The essence of man is, discontent, divine discontent; a sort of love without a beloved, the ache we feel in a member we no longer have.''José Ortega Y Gasset (1883-1955), Spanish essayist, philosopher. "Historical Reason," no. 4 (Buenos Aires, Oct. 1940). Ortega first used this quot...