The Structure Of Society By Julian Marias; Harold C Raley

In order to do justice to Marías and his way of thinking, Raley narrates the evolution of this philosophy from early antecedents in Germanic and Ortegan phenomenology to Marías’s own original contributions. For this reason A Watch Over Mortality is not only a book about Marías but also about Ortega y Gasset and his times, about twentieth-century Spanish culture, and, ultimately, about the nature of Spain itself. The book is itself an exercise in the very method and style of the philosophy it explicates.

No wonder, then, that both Ortega and Marías, each in distinct yet related ways, set about to develop more supple vocabularies to express their new philosophy. They did so not by drawing terminology primarily from classical Greek and Latin, as philosophers had done for centuries, but by investing contemporary language with expanded meanings. Likewise, “No man has ever seen God,” the Scriptures tell us, yet I perceive his handprint in creation or in the mystery of his transcendent absence.

From now on he moves with familiar ease across the terrain of human life. With singular intelligence, eloquence, and sympathy he sheds light on the relationships of love, friendship, and hope that are the foundation of human life. And now with this said, we return to our starting point, Persona, to consider some of the final fruits of his labors performed from and within the full metaphysical theory, which he polished during Ortega’s lifetime and completed in his. “My life” is a gerund, a verb of continuing futuristic action or being, which in principle, and perhaps in fact, continues forever. Living is apprehending reality in its connectedness, which not by chance is also the description Maríias offers for reason in general. In other words, living is the concrete form of reason and the form of understanding my circumstance in order to go on living.

“There is in all things the indication of a possible plenitude. An open and noble soul will feel an ambition to perfect it, to help it achieve that plenitude. For seven decades the creation and application of dialectical remedies to these and related deficiencies had been his untiring quest, a task implicit and imperative in the metaphysics he inherited from Ortega. As he neared the end of his life, Marías declared that having done what he could to develop a coherent philosophy of the human person he must now leave it in God’s hands to do with it as he would. In due course we shall return to Persona to extract certain results of his efforts.

For Marías, whose succinct definition of philosophy is “Responsible Vision,” Ortega’s contributions, perfected or not, were too important to let slip away. As Marías saw it, to save and complement Ortegan thought was to consecrate which of the following imaging techniques does not collect information about brain functioning? an important dimension of Spanish and Western culture. Were we limited to phenomenological perception alone, we could not distinguish between dangers and delights, and I would be helplessly subject to every possible peril.

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