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The Essayist

Jose's reading glasses, appearance and reality
Individual Essays:

1951: “Is There a Spanish Philosophy?
1953: “Wittgenstein, a Symbol of Troubled Times
1953: “Suárez and Modern Philosophy
1955: “Peirce's Conception of Architectonic and Related Views
1959: “Le Langage de la Poésie
1959: “The Intellectual in Contemporary Society
1961: “On a Radical Form of Thinking
1961: “On Miguel De Unamuno's Idea Of Reality
1963: “On the Early History of Ontology
1964: “The World of Calderón
1970: “The Language Of Religious Experience
1976: “On Practice
1977: “Fictions, Universals, and Abstract Entities
1982: “The Languages of History
1989: “Deflationary Art
1991: “On Programming: Notes From a Philosopher
Books of Essays:

1935: Cóctel de verdad (in Biography)
1942: España y Europa
1945: Variaciones sobre el espíritu
1945: Cuestiones españolas
1946: La ironía, la muerte y la admiración
1955: Cuestiones disputadas: ensayos de filosofía
1960: Una mica de tot
1963: Tres mundos: Cataluña, España, Europa
1970: Els mots i els homes
1971: Las palabras y los hombres (in Language)
1985: Modos de hacer filosofía

Critique & Commentary:

Review of Cuestiones disputadas and Ortega y Gasset

Most of the essays included in the books listed above were originally published in scholarly or literary journals. The dates given refer to the earliest edition of that book. Some books, however, underwent several editions. The second edition of Las palabras y los hombres, for example, was published in 1991 and contains an additional three essays. It should also be noted that Espaņa y Europa and Cuestiones espaņolas are really short books or long essays rather than collections of essays.

This section does not include the many shorter pieces that Ferrater Mora wrote for newspapers (see also the Newspaper Journalist), although there may be some overlapping. In the bibliography of Ferrater Mora's writings in Transparencies, Leopoldo Montoya lists 232 papers—which here are called essays. Bear in mind, however, that the bibliography in that book covers the period only up to 1982. It is true, then, that Ferrater wrote literally hundreds of essays. Not only are there a great number of essays, but the subject matter is extremely varied so that it is difficult to make any generalizations about them. Like so much of Ferrater Mora's thought, these essays defy easy description and categorization.

Many of Ferrater Mora's essays were written in Spanish, although there are a number in Catalan and English, some in French, a few in German and other languages. Some appeared in two or more languages.