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5.0 out of 5 stars the self is a fiction, December 4, 2000
This review is from: History as a System and Other Essays Toward a Philosophy of History (Paperback)
I first read the essay "History as a System" (only one of the essays included in this book) in conjunction with David Copperfield's autobiographical project and Rousseau's "Confessions." This facinating essay explores the creation of a historical consciousness and suggests that "whether he be original or a plagerist, man is the novelist of himself." Ortega suggests that we are continually "writing" ourselves, becoming dissatisfied with that version, and then "revising" ourselves into something new. It's a vision of constant change.
Ortega is one of this century's most important philosophers and is not read nearly enough. Anyone interested in late 19th or 20th century literature and philosophy should not miss this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FOUR ESSAYS BY THE ESTEEMED SPANISH PHILOSOPHER, February 21, 2013
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José Ortega y Gasset (1883-1955) was a Spanish philosopher and essayist; he also wrote An Interpretation of Universal History. He wrote in the "Author's Foreword" to this 1940 publication, "I should have liked to present to American readers the yield of my endeavors during these last ten years; but my last ten years have not been favorable to a manuscript's tranquil occupation... The reader must therefore approach this volume with unwonted good will. Except for 'History as a System,' the essays it contains are either a university course... or pages that have been written in my country's difficult times." (Pg. 11)

He suggests, "Human history seems to proceed with a double rhythm: the rhythm of age and the rhythm of sex. In some epochs the youthful influence prevails; others are ruled by mature men." (Pg. 26) Presciently, he says, "I predict---somewhat boldly, in view of the present appearances---a possible, a probable unification of the states of Europe." (Pg. 52)

He says, "When I was a child I was a Christian; now I am one no longer. Does this mean... that I do not go on being a Christian?... Of course not; of course I am still a Christian, but in the form of having been a Christian." (Pg. 208)

He notes, "If we do not know what [man] is going to be, we know what he is not going to be. Man lives in view of the past. Man, in a word, has no nature; what he has is... history." (Pg. 217) He adds, "History is a system, the system of human experiences linked in a single, inexorable chain. Hence nothing can be truly clear in history until everything is clear." (Pg. 221) He admits, "Man stands in need of a new revelation. And whenever man feels himself in contact with a reality distinct from himself, there is always revelation. It does not matter what the reality be..." (Pg. 223)

The final essay ('History as a System') and Ortega's 'Universal History' book are of considerable interest to students of the philosophy of history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastico, January 4, 2015
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Fantastic read. It starts with 'The Sportive Origin of the State' and ends with 'History as a System.' There are only four essays in this book, but they are strung together like red chili peppers, each full of philosophical fire.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, January 26, 2015
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11 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars looking for the fact that precedes all facts?, June 29, 2001
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Rafael Cobo "rcobo" (baltimore, maryland United States) - See all my reviews
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Ortega has picked me up from the vast void of reality and has put me in place. Hidden between the lines you will find the fact that precedes all facts, that from which everything flows (even science) to be discovered by accident. i cannot imagine any more powerful integration of knowledge than this book. he gave me what i was looking for and more, and now what else?
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History as a System and Other Essays Toward a Philosophy of History by J. OrtegaYGasset (Paperback - September 17, 1962)
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