Tragic Sense of Life

Tragic Sense of Life To the mentality that assumes or less consciously that we must of necessity find a solution to every problem belongs the argument based on the disastrous consequences of a thing Take any book of ap

To the mentality that assumes, or less consciously, that we must of necessity find a solution to every problem, belongs the argument based on the disastrous consequences of a thing Take any book of apologetics that is to say, of theological advocacy and you will see how many times you will meet with this phrase the disastrous consequences of this doctrine Now theTo the mentality that assumes, or less consciously, that we must of necessity find a solution to every problem, belongs the argument based on the disastrous consequences of a thing Take any book of apologetics that is to say, of theological advocacy and you will see how many times you will meet with this phrase the disastrous consequences of this doctrine Now the disastrous consequences of a doctrine prove at most that the doctrine is disastrous, but not that it is false, for there is no proof that the true is necessarily that which suits us best from The Rationalist Dissolution This is the masterpiece of Miguel de Unamuno, a member of the group of Spanish intellectuals and philosophers known as the Generation of 98, and a writer whose work dramatically influenced a wide range of 20th century literature His down to earth demeanor and no nonsense outlook makes this 1921 book a favorite of intellectuals to this day, a practical, sensible discussion of the war between faith and reason that consumed the twentieth century and continues to rage in the twenty first century de Unamuno s philosophy is not the stuff of a rarefied realm but an integral part of fleshly, sensual life, metaphysics that speaks to daily living and the real world Spanish philosopher MIGUEL DE UNAMUNO 1864 1936 was a prolific writer of essays, novels, poetry, and the stage plays His books include Peace in War 1895 , The Life of Don Quixote and Sa

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Tragic Sense of Life

  1. Miguel de Unamuno was born in the medieval centre of Bilbao, Basque Country, the son of F lix de Unamuno and Salom Jugo As a young man, he was interested in the Basque language, and competed for a teaching position in the Instituto de Bilbao, against Sabino Arana The contest was finally won by the Basque scholar Resurrecci n Mar a de Azcue.Unamuno worked in all major genres the essay, the novel, poetry and theatre, and, as a modernist, contributed greatly to dissolving the boundaries between genres There is some debate as to whether Unamuno was in fact a member of the Generation of 98 an ex post facto literary group of Spanish intellectuals and philosophers that was the creation of Jos Mart nez Ruiz a group that includes Antonio Machado, Azor n, P o Baroja, Ram n del Valle Incl n, Ramiro de Maeztu and ngel Ganivet, among others.In addition to his writing, Unamuno played an important role in the intellectual life of Spain He served as rector of the University of Salamanca for two periods from 1900 to 1924 and 1930 to 1936, during a time of great social and political upheaval Unamuno was removed from his post by the government in 1924, to the protest of other Spanish intellectuals He lived in exile until 1930, first banned to Fuerteventura Canary Islands , from where he escaped to France Unamuno returned after the fall of General Primo de Rivera s dictatorship and took up his rectorship again It is said in Salamanca that the day he returned to the University, Unamuno began his lecture by saying As we were saying yesterday as Fray Luis de Le n had done in the same place four centuries before, as though he had not been absent at all After the fall of Rivera s dictatorship, Spain embarked on its second Republic, a short lived attempt by the people of Spain to take democratic control of their own country He was a candidate for the small intellectual party Al Servicio de la Rep blica.The burgeoning Republic was eventually squashed when a military coup headed by General Francisco Franco caused the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War Having begun his literary career as an internationalist, Unamuno gradually became a convinced Spanish nationalist, feeling that Spain s essential qualities would be destroyed if influenced too much by outside forces Thus for a brief period he actually welcomed Franco s revolt as necessary to rescue Spain from radical influence However, the harsh tactics employed by the Francoists in the struggle against their republican opponents caused him to oppose both the Republic and Franco.As a result of his opposition to Franco, Unamuno was effectively removed for a second time from his University post Also, in 1936 Unamuno had a brief public quarrel with the Nationalist general Mill n Astray at the University in which he denounced both Astray and elements of the Francoist movement He called the battle cry of the rightist Falange movement Long live death repellent and suggested Astray wanted to see Spain crippled One historian notes that his address was a remarkable act of moral courage and that he risked being lynched on the spot Shortly afterwards, he was placed under house arrest, where he remained, broken hearted, until his death ten weeks later 1

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  1. See below for English translation Pues abrigo cada vez m s la convicci n de que nuestra filosof a espa ola, est liquida y difusa en nuestra literatura, en nuestra vida, en nuestra acci n, en nuestra m stica, sobre todo, y no en sistemas filos ficos Es concreta.Cuando intento aprender un idioma, leo siempre a los fil sofos que han escrito en esa lenguaje, por dos razones Primero, porque me gusta la filosof a y segundo, porque el vocabulario de la filosof a especialmente en las lenguas romances es [...]

  2. It was hard for me to decide on a rating for Tragic Sense of Life by Miguel de Unamuno For the many times I struggled to understand, was bored or intensely frustrated, I wanted to give it two stars But then, for the many times I felt like the text was singing, that I was intensely moved by Unamuno s cris de coeur about faith, despair, and hope, I wanted to give it five stars But settling on three seemed to betray both aspects of my reading experience so I went with the moments, pages, when I was [...]

  3. We don t want to simply just vanish from this world, not without some kind of eternal memory of us, something that goes on and on that makes people say I can t believe he died , or such a loss and such an irreplaceable loss, he, none other I guess we all realize our hunger for immortality some way or another, and we do kind things, we love things and ourselves, we love other people and what we do, a passion for this universe, for rude life Cheesy, I know Well I really don t know It s a great thi [...]

  4. Ay, Unamuno, Unamuno, que rompederos de cabeza y discrepancias me has causado Lo cierto es que me gusta m s el Unamuno novelista en el cual se esconde parte de su filosof a Discrepo mucho con ciertos aspectos de su pensamiento hay una clara oposici n a los m os propios pero a pesar de estas discrepancias he encontrado partes verdaderamente enriquecedoras y un ltimo cap tulo ensayo verdaderamente brillante Conclusi n me ha gustado, el ltimo cap tulo me ha encantado y necesito tiempo para procesar [...]

  5. actually a book of philosophy with some true humanity, whether or not you agree with allof his points the eternal conflict between head and heart an applicable topic for all ofus layman philosophers in that sense highly practical for daily life, but certainly notpractical in the sense of mundane very accessible, as well you can read this even if youdon t have to for a class unlike whitehead, for example i kinda think it s necessaryreading.

  6. Unamuno s defense of blind faith is, well, indefensible He is a follower of the Tertullian creed Credo quia Absurdum, or I believe because it is absurd Because of our hunger for immortality, we create a god who gives a conscience to the universe and allows us to feel we have meaning I prefer the courage of facing up to the truth of our mortality Unamuno prefers man as a feeling animal rather than a reasoning animal I prefer the latter Unamuno prefers to discuss by metaphor He ignores or seems un [...]

  7. Read this years ago, am re reading it now, and seeing how much it influenced my stance on life I always knew it was very influential in my thinking, but didn t realize how much so Really enjoying re reading this I loved Unamuno s work so much I went to the town he lived in in Spain and visited some of his old haunts, just to pay homage to the man and walk down the same cobbled streets he walked daily Should add do I agree with every conclusion he came to No, but I love his vigor and I do agree w [...]

  8. The Lonely Knight Of FaithThe Spanish philosopher and novelist Miguel de Unamuno s 1864 1936 Tragic Sense of Life is one of several important Twentieth Century works exploring the difficult character of religious belief and the conflict between faith and reason Initially published in 1913, just before WW I the book was translated into English in 1921, shortly after it, by J.E Crawford Flitch with revisions by the author In the Preface to the translation, Unamuno wrote I wrote this book not for S [...]

  9. Un libro que me produce contradicciones Quiz el primer libro que le que me hizo pensar filos ficamente, quiz el primer libro que me arrim a una especie de existencialismo, que ya hab a previsto con Crimen y Castigo de Dostoievsky y El Extranjero de Albert Camus, y que despu s indagu con Memorias del Subsuelo , tambi n del ruso, y con textos varios sobre Sartre, como El Existencialismo es un Humanismo Le tengo mucho cari o a Unamuno porque me regal una novela extra a que tambi n le a los 19 a os, [...]

  10. This is the best work of Christian apologetics I ve ever read It s also the weakest intellectually far below, say, C.S Lewis Mere Christianity Unamuno goes for the emotional jugular We all want to live forever, and if you think you don t, then you haven t fully confronted the fact of your own death Believers believe because their dogma holds out the possibility of eternal life that s Unamuno s essential point, with the proviso that the life worth living is inevitably full of suffering, but a suf [...]

  11. I approached this book because it had been referenced many times in other works on the subject of Tragic Vision or Tragic Sense of Life The book is interesting It is a poet doing philosophy and does not read like a typical work of philosophy In fact it directly challenges what is knowable by rational means The book is fascinating in that the author constructs a nearly entire theological and ethical system on one simple postulate a universal instinct to self preservation The Tragic Sense of Life [...]

  12. His stance For my part I do not want to make peace between my heart and my head, between my faith and my reason I prefer that they be at war My purpose is to war on all those who submit, whether to Catholicism, or to rationalism, or to agnosticism My aim is to make all men live a life of restless longing His thesis If annihilation must be our portion, let us act in such a way that we make it an unjust portion let us fight against destiny, even without hope of victory let us fight quixotically An [...]

  13. Unamuno s approach to accept the inability to rationalize everything, especially the most important issues of life and death and to give this desire of immortality a freer reign is interesting as well as coragous He renders this struggle of reason and of will or of religion as the whole essence of life tragic sense of life masterfully I like his take of human society, or of a civil society as an expression of men s desire of immortality, his talk of the civil service also His conclusion on Quixo [...]

  14. While I do feel a bit bad about giving this book only one star, it really was not for me I was hoping for something a bit balanced, looking at the differences between religious and scientific views and how these two things have influenced the thinking of mankind Granted this was written in the 14th Century but I always had the impression that philosphers could take a much wider view than the generally accepted views of the time There were moments of superb insight which a philsophical mind wou [...]

  15. Este livro segue um caminho parecido com o de Albert Camus e Ernest Becker book show 2 Nos d uma vis o panor mica diante do inevit vel da vida Ele foi escrito em 1.912 e tem um forte car ter prof tico medida que discorre sobre a morte paulatina da fantasia diante do assombro que a raz o e o senso pr tico vem nos causando acima de tudo escrito por um homem de coragem e sincero, que aposta em uma explica o cat lica e mais do que tudo religiosa para nos confortar de leitura indispens vel para que p [...]

  16. I really wanted to like this book I ended up despising most of it Unamuno s insistence on the need for faith in God is highly offensive I would say, though, that some of the chapters Love, Suffering, and Pity and Faith, Hope, and Charity contained a lot of excellent points regarding love, suffering, death, etc that did not necessitate his theistic bent I also think, though, that some of what he says in the context of belief in God can be divorced from the religious ethic and applied in useful w [...]

  17. I m sure this guy has some great insights but I just can t get past his writing style It just seems.gant Most of the time I found myself re reading the same paragraph over and over again I ve attempted to finish this book twice now and I find myself avoiding my stack of books because I dread it so much So forget it Life is too short to have to try so hard to like someone else s writing styles.

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