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  • The Spanish thinking: reflection of the normalization process
    José Luis Abellán

    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. 

  • Spain's place in the world
    José Luis Abellán
    The normalization process has taken us to rediscover the role of Spain in the world after three centuries of isolationism. The country, a crossroad of cultures -"the Spain of the three religions"-, recovers its historical destiny in the same line as it had occurred along the time that its historical constitution process had taken place. Spain reappears as a mix of cultures and civilizations, and in a very special way, as a privileged country in the relationships between Europe and Latin America. In regards to Europe, its condition of peripheral country has been used as a lever to invert its traditional isolation, opening up to Mediterranean countries. Since it incorporated into the European Union in 1986, Spain participates in  a very real way in the organisms and political life. In regards to Latin America, today Spain receives and provides work to hundreds of Latin American immigrants. Also, Spain invests in those countries and keeps a very active collaboration with them, through the summits of the Comunidad Iberoamericana de Naciones. On the other side, if Spain has changed, Ibero America has not changed any less, with a political, economic and social reality substantially different to the ones of 30 years ago. The role of Spain in this community is acting as a "bridge" with Europe, fostering a neocultural area where the Iberian languages -Spanish and Portuguese- will have an almost absolute prominence.
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