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Brocker I 195
Life/Ortega y Gasset: public life has a spiritual, a moral, an economic, a religious and a social dimension and concerns all collective customs (the so-called "usos", which are so fundamental for Ortega's concept of culture!) of social being.
The "process of making masses" (See Mass/Ortega) brings about an astonishing increase in the quality of life, which has led to the fact that life options and possibilities for action, which in earlier times were reserved exclusively for a few people, are now open to many (if not all people).
Brocker I 196
In general one can say that the present life has become "more". There is talk of a "quantitative" and "intensive" increase in life (1). There are more means, more knowledge, more trained technology, and more options in general: "In the spiritual realm it [sic. the life] finds more ways to form ideas, more problems, more material, more sciences, more points of view" (2). In addition, there are more activities, more pleasures, more types of entertainment and more of everything.


1. José Ortega y Gasset, La Rebelión de las Masas (con un prólogo para franceses, un epílogo para ingleses y un apéndice: Dinámica del tiempo), Madrid 1937 (zuerst 1929). Dt.: José Ortega y Gasset, Der Aufstand der Massen, Reinbek 1956, p. 30
2.Ibid. p. 28


Thomas Gil, „Ortega y Gasset, Der Aufstand der Massen (1929)“ In: Manfred Brocker (Hg.) Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt/M. 2018.


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Ortega y Gasset, José
Brocker I
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Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert Frankfurt/M. 2018


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