Volume 18, Issue 1, Spring 2014

Aesthetics In The Latin American Tradition

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Pages 77-101

Ortega’s Aesthetics: A Dialogue between Spanish Reality and European Aesthetic Currents

Ortega’s philosophy can be conceived as a permanent dialogue between contemporary European spiritual currents and Spanish reality. The following paper tries to justify this statement in the field of aesthetics. We examine the main intellectual periods of Ortega’s oeuvre from this point of view, beginning with neo-Kantianism, moving to his encounter with phenomenology and life-philosophies, adding a touch of existentialist thinking and, finally, reaching the balance of a hermeneutical life-philosophy in his books on Velázquez and Goya