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The Expository Philosopher

Flowering Cherry Tree, Bryn Mawr College
1944: Unamuno: Bosquejo de una filosofía
1945: Cuatro visiones de la historia universal
1957: Ortega y Gasset: An Outline of his Philosophy
1958: La filosofía de Ortega y Gasset
1959: La filosofía en el mundo de hoy
1960: Philosophy Today: Conflicting Tendencies in Contemporary Thought
1962: Unamuno: A Philosophy of Tragedy
1983: El mundo del escritor
1953: “Wittgenstein, a Symbol of Troubled Times
1955: “Peirce's Conception of Architectonic and Related Views
1961: “On a Radical Form of Thinking
1961: “On Miguel De Unamuno's Idea Of Reality
1989: “Deflationary Art

The various categories chosen to present the work of Ferrater Mora are somewhat arbitrary and artificial. The distinction between speculative and expository works, for example, is not always sharp for expository works can also be speculative and original as is shown by the works listed here. These selections, however, display Ferrater Mora’s ideas on another philosopher’s thought as opposed to his own philosophical ideas, and thus may be considered expository: his book on Ortega y Gasset, his book on Miguel de Unamuno, and some of his articles published in philosophical and literary journals certainly elucidate the thought of other philosophers. Nevertheless, it is not entirely clear that the books in this section are accurately described as expository. Cuatro visiones de la historia universal, for instance, could be placed easily in a category entitled “The Philosopher of History.” Ferrrater Mora himself considered El mundo del escritor to be a work of literary criticism. Perhaps other books mentioned here deserve additional sections, but mindful of Occam’s razor, for the moment at least, I will lump them together as expository, even if they do not all fit perfectly within this category.