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Juan Antonio Rivera, philosopher.
Juan Antonio Rivera, thinker.

The Madrid thinker Juan Antonio Rivera handed away just a few days in the past on the age of 66, when nothing appeared to foretell the deadly end result, provided that he loved glorious well being. He left us a philosophical manufacturing as helpful as it’s suggestive. At the start of the millennium he printed The Rule of Fortune: The Power of Chance in History and Human Affairs (2000). Three years later he received the Espasa Essay Prize with What Socrates would say to Woody Allen: Cinema and Philosophy (2003), which might have a second installment in Woody Allen's open letter to Plato (2006). In 2006 she received the Free Enterprise Award with Less utopia and extra freedom (2005). His intensive expertise as a secondary faculty instructor in Tenerife and Barcelona led him to publish Camelia and Philosophy: Adventures, adventures and misadventures of a younger scholar (2016). This identical 12 months it noticed the sunshine Morality and civilization (2024). On his work desk have been the supplies for the brand new ebook he had deliberate, as a result of he was a tireless mental married to check.

His fashion advantages from a strong cultural background. He was all the time an insatiable reader of literature, till he rediscovered his youthful ardour for cinema, by no means stopping studying the whole lot he thought he wanted to cope with a sure matter, whether or not it was anthropology, economics or arithmetic. We met half a century in the past within the lecture rooms of the Complutense and cast a detailed friendship by sharing a few railway journeys all through Europe, immortalized in some journey diaries written by him and illustrated by pictures of my classic.

He knew the right way to unfold his ardour for examine and through his research we shaped an inseparable quintet with Rosa Montealegre, Carlos Gómez and Concha Roldán, from which Juan Antonio emerged unpaired. He proposed a number of instances to current a doctoral thesis whose material various in accordance with his new mental pursuits and, though he by no means did so formally, he earned a doctorate. Honorary within the historical past of concepts along with his priceless books. I’m proud to have put him in touch with the journal Keys to sensible causethe place he printed the advance of his later works.

With his ardent defenses of liberal theories he erased a sin of youth. On the shared desk within the college classroom he wrote the names of his three gurus at that youthful stage: Cortázar, Marx and Wittgenstein. At that point he was an ardent defender of Marxist analyses, though he later turned a champion of the advantages of capitalism and a liberal with a social democratic soul. His writings are modulated by the continual bass of analyzing human habits from the human and social sciences, lately dedicating particular consideration to biology, psychology and economics, all the time with a spirit typical of the analytical custom.

The position of various probabilities has additionally been a relentless. His prose has an uncommon richness of vocabulary and his sentences are by no means written haphazardly. This cautious fashion is mixed with that readability that Ortega claimed because the courtesy of the thinker. His love for cinema makes him lavish examples and preserve a relentless dialogue along with his readers in order that they continue to be attentive to the narrated adventures. The deep imprint of his persona will stay amongst these of us who knew him and the numerous admirers of his cautious work. It is the one immortality that atheists have.

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