Summary[ edit ] In this work, Ortega traces the genesis of the "mass-man" and analyzes his constitution, en route to describing the rise to power and action of the masses in society. Ortega is throughout quite critical of both the masses and the mass-men of which they are made up, contrasting "noble life and common life" and excoriating the barbarism and primitivism he sees in the mass-man. He does not, however, refer to specific social classes, as has been so commonly misunderstood in the English-speaking world. Satisfied , the specialist who believes he has it all and extends the command he has of his subject to others, contemptuous of his ignorance in all of them. This had to be done because that individual "does not represent a new civilisation struggling with a previous one, but a mere negation
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According to Ortega y Gasset, Man-mass through some of its characteristics as in the first place, forgetting or rather the concealment of the past. It is also bogged down in this final. Thus, the lives of men of the past, though full of dangers, was synonymous with excess, the less opportunity to excel. The mass-man is a dispossessed being. He has no past and because he has lost, he has no future. The mass-man is a being doubly deprived because no one knows more about it.
Linguists who, after the pilots are the least cowardly men do not seem particularly moved by the fact that we have the same language spoken in countries as diverse as Carthage and Gaul, and Dalmatia Tingis, Hispalis and Romania.
But who am fearful and trembling when I see some high winds, reeds, I can not, at this, repressing a shudder throughout the body. The mass-man, without past, living only in this one that refuses to face the future as anything other than the realization of dreams gorgeous, huge, the termite man who is a hollow, demoralized, can only revolt.
A key is the shift of the power that our continent once had on the rest of the world and himself. Europe is safer to order, nor the world to be ordered. Having carefully a diagnosis of the disease of the century, Ortega y Gasset, a good doctor, issued its order, which also has amazing value of premonition, a true prophecy: Europe!
In fact, he does not know where to hang on. The only thing that appears without great detail when defining the current decadence of Europe is all the economic difficulties which now stands at each of the European nations. Europe has made as small nations. In a sense, the idea and national feelings were his most characteristic invention.
And now it is bound to excel itself. This is the huge scheme of the drama is going to play in the coming years.
Will she break free of his survivors or she will remain trapped? If you want to enjoy the benefits of civilization, but without worrying about support … too bad for you in the blink of an eye, you may find civilization.
A moment of inattention, and when you look around you, everything will be gone. As if we had suddenly detached from the tapestries that hide the wilderness, the primeval forest reappears as to its origin.
Gasset: The Revolt of the Masses (analysis)
According to Ortega y Gasset, Man-mass through some of its characteristics as in the first place, forgetting or rather the concealment of the past. It is also bogged down in this final. Thus, the lives of men of the past, though full of dangers, was synonymous with excess, the less opportunity to excel. The mass-man is a dispossessed being. He has no past and because he has lost, he has no future.
The Revolt of the Masses
He was educated at a Jesuit college and the University of Madrid, where he received his doctorate in philosophy in Ortega spent the next five years at German universities in Berlin and Leipzig and at the University of Marburg. Appointed professor of metaphysics at the University of Madrid in , he taught there until the outbreak of the Spanish Civil war in He was also active as a journalist and as a politician. In he founded the Revista de occidente, a review of books that was instrumental in bringing Spain in touch with Western, and specifically German thought. Ortega led the republican intellectual opposition under the dictatorship of Primo de Rivera , and he played a role in the overthrow of King Alfonso XIII in Such a commitment obliged him to leave Spain at the outbreak of the Civil War, and he spent years of exile in Argentina and Europe.