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I Am I and My Circumstance – Ortega y Gasset

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Ortega y Gasset spanish philosopher

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“We cannot put off living until we are ready. The most salient characteristic of life is its coerciveness: it is always urgent, ‘here and now,’ without any possible postponement. Life is fired at us point-blank.”

José Ortega y Gasset (9 May 1883 – 18 October 1955) is probably the most important contribution Spain has made to the world’s intellectual culture in the last century.

He was a liberal essayist and philosopher who propose, along with Nietzsche, the idea ofperspectivism.

This doctrine is based in the idea that the only way to understand reality is from a concrete circumstance.  Perspectivism defends that there are many possible perspectives and ways of looking at the world. We must adopt one of them, but there’s no ideation that can be taken as definitively true. Instead of objectivism and subjectivism as valid ways of analyzing the world, perspective is the key:

“I am I and my circumstance”, Ortega y Gasset’s famous maxim, represents the core of his philosophy.

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