Centre for the Study of Hispanic Exile

La agonía de Europa

Author: María Zambrano
Publisher: Sudamericana
Place: Buenos Aires
Publication Date: 1945
Genre: Essay
Editions: Madrid: Trotta, 1990
Madrid: Mondadori, 1988
Language: Spanish
First published in Spain: 1988
Keywords: Europe
First published during her exile in Buenos Aires, this book offers one of the best examples of Zambrano's 'filosofía de la crisis'. A clear expression of her concerns during the forties, it offers a strong critique of Western culture. Zambrano's 'saber sobre el alma', one of the key concepts of her thinking, is central to the book. She looks at Pythagorism, Platonism, Gnosticism and radical Christianity, as they have coincided with such doctrines as Vitalism, Phenomenology, Existentialism and contemporary Anthropology.