Unamuno: witty and human

23 Jan

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Miguel de Unamuno (click)

“Man is said to be a reasoning animal. I do not know why he has not been defined as an affective or feeling animal. Perhaps that which differentiates him from other animals is feeling rather than reason. More often I have seen a cat reason than laugh or weep. Perhaps it weeps or laughs inwardly — but then perhaps, also inwardly, crabs resolve equations of the second degree.”

“El hombre, dicen, es un animal racional. No sé por qué no se haya dicho que es un animal afectivo o sentimental. Y acaso lo que de los demás animales le diferencia sea más el sentimiento que no la razón. Más veces he visto razonar a un gato que no reír o llorar. Acaso llore o ría por dentro, pero por dentro acaso también el cangrejo resuelva ecuaciones de segundo grado.”

See a beautiful full-length piece by Stefany Anne Golberg: The Philosophy of Death: Miguel de Unamuno was a man of contradictions. He saw tragedy and death in life, and that was why he loved it.

 

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