Lecture Series

Baltasar Gracián: His Life, His Work, His Time

25, 27 October 2016
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The academic and Professor of Spanish Literature at the Universidad de Zaragoza, Head of the Baltasar Gracián Chair at the Institución Fernando el Católico, Aurora Egido, will analyse the figure and thought of the Aragonese humanist and Jesuit, Baltasar Gracián (1601-1658), who transformed the debate of the period with his political and moral treatises about the virtues of discretion and wit.

The leading representative of Baroque Conceptismo, his ideas and style, characterised by the use of aphorisms and a concise prose, are considered precursors to intellectual currents such as German Romanticism and existentialism and contemporary philosophers such as Schopenhauer and Nietzsche.

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