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Philosophers in blue shirts : Tovar’s Vida de Sócrates



Year of publication 2020
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source History of European Ideas
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Keywords Socrates; Tovar; fascism; Spanish philosophy; sociology of intellectuals
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Description This article focuses on the book Vida de Socrates (Life of Socrates; 1947) by Antonio Tovar Llorente (1911–1985), a Naziphile during World War II, loyal to the ideals of the Falange (a Spanish fascist organization) for many years until he publicly shifted to more liberal positions during the 1960s. The essay examines why Socrates was chosen as the book’s subject, how heis linked to the author’s political ideology in the 1940s, and the author’s relationship to his book when it was reprinted in 1966 and 1984. The article explores the difference between scholars’intellectual ideas,scientific output, and political positions, as well as the social, cultural,political, and biographical determinations and contradictions that inform the ideological and imaginary texture of a book.
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