José Ortega Y Gasset

(1883_1955 / Madrid)

José Ortega Y Gasset
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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 »

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  • ''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...
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