The ancient world and the medieval world each had their own minimum definition of man…man is the rational animal.We agree with this; the difficulty is that it has become no small problem for us to know clearly what it is to be an animal, and what it is to be rational. Therefore we would rather say, for the uses of history, that man is every living being who thinks with meaning, and whose thinking we are therefore able to understand.”
Jose Ortega y Gasset
I have never heard of this philosopher until I just happened to pick up his book at a book store. Oddly enough, in the front page Alber Camus says that after Nietzsche, Gasset is perhaps the greatest ‘European’ writer.
Wow. How come Id never heard of him?
Anyways, I got to say, In reading just the first 20 pages of his ‘What is Philosophy”, I can hear the impetus of Bruno Larour’s work, as well as the initial stirrings of the Speculative Realist and OOO. Its kind of weird how he is not at least near the top of philosopher lists.
I have paused at page 23 to write this post because we also have the comment which becomes the issue of the Foucault and then the Postmoderns; particularly Im thinking of Lyotard and his issue of communication.
Extended even more, beginning with the mark of alienation, we have the beginnings of the post- and trans-human proposals. All of these concern the limits of communication and whether or not communication is taking place and under what circumstances can it take place.
Maybe check him out. Maybe he might hold some insights stretching even further into the 21st century.