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José Luis Abellán

The Spanish thinking: reflection of the normalization process URL: http://www.march.es/conferencias/anteriores/voz.aspx?p1=22622&l=2

The fact of having devoted my professional life to the Spanish thought obliges me in these first years of the 21st century to make an evaluation of the current situation. The landscape of how it was in its day, and which I exposed in Historia crítica del pensamiento español, I believe has had certain influence on the ruling minorities to provoke a reflexion that has contributed to introduce a new national conscience based on the reality of the facts:

A Spain that has normalized against its traditional decadence. In other words, a country that has gone from being rural and agricultural to become urban and industrial; a century tradition of emigrating population that has reconverted in another one with increasing immigration; an attitude of introversion and isolation that has looked to the exterior, allowing an aperture to communication and receptivity; a high rate of illiteracy that is now reduced to insignificant percentages.

In the realm of thought this means that the traditional dissident conscience of the intellectual minorities has transformed into a proud feeling of what is ours, incorporating new values that traditionally had been neglected in the collective conscience: with an emphasis in possessing material goods (money, a second residence, high-end cars, high quality of life...) and important social success. In regards to the field of philosophy, we observe an adaptation of the professors towards new themes and present problems; we can also observe a very significant increase of women dedicated to the philosophical profession. 

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