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José Ortega y Gasset on Democracy - Dictionary of Arguments

Brocker I 195
Democracy/Ortega y Gasset: "It is characteristic of the present moment (...) that the ordinary soul is clear about its ordinariness, but has the audacity to stand up for the right of ordinariness and assert it everywhere" (1). Ortega calls such a "brutal rule" of the masses or the average person "over-democracy". Acting "over-democratic" means that the masses impose new and different preferences on the community without law and solely by the mere means of material pressure of their desires and tastes (2).


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, S. 12
2.Ebenda S. 11f.

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
Manfred Brocker
Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert Frankfurt/M. 2018


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