Appearance vs. Reality (gap)

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Reconstructo
 
Reply Sun 27 Dec, 2009 10:35 pm
@alex717,
This is not far from Richard Rorty and neo-pragmatism. The social and the objective and the personal are not as distinct as some pretend. We cut it up for convenience, but it does all merge together in "LIFE."
 
kennethamy
 
Reply Sun 27 Dec, 2009 10:38 pm
@Reconstructo,
Reconstructo;114778 wrote:
This is not far from Richard Rorty and neo-pragmatism. "


If true, what do you think that should tell me? It certainly is not much of a recommendation.
 
Reconstructo
 
Reply Sun 27 Dec, 2009 10:39 pm
@alex717,
You would probably hate yourself for liking him so much. Should probably avoid.
 
longknowledge
 
Reply Sun 27 Dec, 2009 11:10 pm
@Reconstructo,
Reconstructo;114778 wrote:
This is not far from Richard Rorty and neo-pragmatism. The social and the objective and the personal are not as distinct as some pretend. We cut it up for convenience, but it does all merge together in "LIFE."


Ortega was deeply influenced by William James and Pragmatism. See the three volumes by John T. Graham:

A Pragmatist Philosophy of Life in Ortega y Gasset (Comprehensive Studies on the Thought of Ortega Y Gasset, Vol 1), by John T. Graham (University of Missouri Press,1994), 440 p.

In this historical analysis of the philosophy of Ortega (1883-1955), the author begins by exploring the extent to which Ortega's metaphysics was built upon the pragmatism of William James. He goes on to examine how Ortega elaborated pragmatism's philosophical implications and applications.

Theory of History in Ortega y Gasset: "The Dawn of Historical Reason" (Comprehensive Studies on the Thought of Ortega Y Gasset, Vol 2), by John T. Graham (University of Missouri Press, 1997), 384 p.

Ortega, Spain's leading philospher, was also a serious thinker on the issues in the study of history. This second volume of a three-volume set examines the pragmatist thought of William James and John Dewey, and the realist view of history out of which Ortega formulated his owm "schematic history".

The Social Thought of Ortega y Gasset: A Systematic Synthesis in Postmodernism and Interdisciplinarity (Comprehensive Studies on the Thought of Ortega Y Gasset, Vol 3), by John T. Graham (University of Missouri Press, 2001), 616 p.

The Social Thought of Ortega y Gasset is the third and final volume of John T. Graham's massive investigation of the thought of Ortega, the renowned twentieth-century Spanish essayist and philosopher. This volume concludes the synthetic trilogy on Ortega's thought as a whole, after previous studies of his philosophy of life and his theory of history. As the last thing on which he labored, Ortega's social theory completed what he called a "system of life" in three dimensions - a unity in the plurality of philosophy, history, and sociology as three fundamental disciplines that enter into and overlap each other and all other humanities. In this volume, Graham investigates Ortega's social thought as expressed in his central work, Man and People, and in several pragmatic fields, interpreting it in terms of the comprehensive categories of postmodern and interdisciplinarity. While others have studied Ortega's social thought and recently his postmodernity, no one has done so in the context of his thought as a whole or by such a variety of methods. The "unity in plurality" of Ortega's system is evident in the broad and varied structure of his sociology, which he intended to serve for postmodern times. His own postmodernism was rooted in Nietzche but also in the pragmatism - from James, Peirce, and Dewey - that informs all parts of this trilogy.

Ortega was the first educator with an interdisciplinary theory and practice - another aspect of the "unity in plurality" of his system. He found inspiration in both ancient and modern precedents for what he saw as a postmodern method of investigating themes and problems that are common to all the human sciences. Innovations at his Institute of Humanities were early postmodern precedents for a new interdisciplinary social method for use by specialists in a variety of fields. All of those interested in Ortega can utilize such methods to elucidate his thought as a whole as well as to pursue their own collaborative work.

[Source: Amazon.com]

However, as I've warned elsewhere, reading them requires an extensive knowledge of Ortega's writings and thought.

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