Carlos Morujão, Samuel Dimas and Susana Relvas. Springer: 2021.
The present text surveys and reevaluates the meaning and scope of Ortega y Gasset’s philosophy. The chapters reveal the most important aspects of his history such as the Neokantian training he went thru in Germany as well as his discovery of Husserl’s phenomenology around 1912. The work also covers his original contributions to philosophy namely vital and historical reason – and the cultural and educational mission he proposed to achieve. The Spanish – and to a certain extent the European – circumstance was the milieu from which his work emerged but this does not limit Ortega’s scope. Rather, he believed that universal truths can only emerge from the particulars in which they are embedded.
The chapter “Ortega’s exiles” includes a renewed look at Ortega’s presence in Portugal between 1942 and 1955, during which he wrote some of his most relevant work.