Pedro Trujillo, José Lasaga and Walter Hernández during the colloquy on  La rebelión de las masas

La rebelión de las masas, by José Ortega y Gasset, was object of the colloquy directed by José Lasaga and organized by the Institute of Political Studies and International Relations of Universidad Francisco Marroquín, where guests and professors of this house of studies participated.

The discussed themes were an introduction to the book and its history, and the books structure.  The mass flourishing during the XX Century, the novelty of La rebellion de las masas in the pessimistic literature at the end of the XIX century in Europe, an anthropologic point of view and the morality of the mass man, Ortegas critic to rationalist modernity, whos the boss in the world?, reflections on Europe and the totalitarian regimens.  

The participants at the colloquy were, Pedro Trujillo, EPRI’s director, Julio César De León Barbero, Walter Hernández, Ninnette Grosjean and Rigoberto Juárez-Paz, members of the UFM Philosophy Seminar; Roberto Blum, Alberto Benegas Lynch (son), Armando de la Torre, Francisco Beltranena, Juan Roberto Brenes, Grete Pasch, Ernesto Loukota and Ligia de Pineda.

The colloquy on  La rebelión de las masas was celebrated last September 12, 2006; and during the 13th, Lasaga met with professors and students of the Henry Hazlitt Center, and with professors and students of the Institute of Political Studies and International Relations, to speek on other orteguian themes.  

José Lasaga teaches Philosophy at the Instituto de Bachillerato Lope de Vega in Madrid, and has a Ph.D. in Philosophy by the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (1991).  He is an invited professor at the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia.  He coordinates the Master (on-line) La obra de Ortega y Gasset: filosofía, literatura, política.

He collaborates with the Fundación José Ortega y Gasset, has been sheriff of the exposition El Madrid de José Ortega y GAsset (Residencia de Estudiantes- Sociedad Estatal de Conmmeroaciones Culturales, May 2006).  He published several magazines like Claves de la razón práctica, Estudios Orteguianos, Revista de Occidente, Revista de Estudios Europeos (Valladolid), Postdata (Puerto Rico), Boletín de la Institución Libre de Enseñanza, Abril (Luxemburgo) and in the newspapers El País and ABC.

He is author of the following books José Ortega y Gasset. Vida y filosofía (1883-1955) (Madrid, Biblioteca Nueva-Fundación José Ortega y Gasset, 2003) and Metamorfosis del seductor. Ensayo sobre el mito de don Juan (Madrid, Síntesis, 2004). Figuras de la vida buena. Ensayo sobre las ideas morales de Ortega y Gasset (Madrid, Enigma editores, 2006). He participated at the collective volume Modelos antropológicos del siglo XX with the study El modelo antropológico de Hannah Arendt: la condición del animal humano (Cuadernos del anuario filosófico, Servicio de publicaciones de la Universidad de Navarra, Navarra, 2003).

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