María Zambrano

A Life of Poetic Reason and Political Commitment

Author(s) Beatriz Caballero Rodríguez

Language: English

Genre(s): Modern Languages

Series: Iberian and Latin American Studies

  • February 2017 · 256 pages ·216x138mm

  • · Hardback - 9781783169757
  • · eBook - pdf - 9781783169764
  • · eBook - epub - 9781783169771

About The Book

María Zambrano (1904–91) is widely regarded as one of the most original Spanish thinkers of the twentieth century. Her biggest contribution to intellectual history is undoubtedly her poetic reason and her unique attempt to overcome the limiting coordinates of the framework of rationality established by the Enlightenment. Having spent forty-five years in exile, the relevance of this Spanish Republican thinker has only been recognised in recent decades. The purpose of this monograph is to reveal the political dimension inherent to Zambrano’s proposal for an alternative rationality through interrogation of existing assumptions regarding Zambrano’s thought.


‘A much needed and insightful introspective on the figure of one of the most original female thinkers in Spain’s twentieth century. Beatriz Caballero Rodríguez takes a major step towards providing a compelling and innovative analysis of Zambrano’s critical views against the dominance of discursive reason.’

-Dr Jesús Rodero, University of Strathclyde

‘A very welcome and compelling inquiry into María Zambrano’s poetic reason and thought, especially its hitherto little-studied political dimension, and its main drivers, in light of her biography. This is a lucid study of one of Europe’s most original but often overlooked or misunderstood philosophers, whose thought as Emil Cioran would have it and as Beatriz Caballero so elegantly demonstrates actually transcends philosophy.’

-Professor Alexis Grohmann, University of Edinburgh

‘As the first book in English on Spanish philosopher María Zambrano (1904-1991), this is a most welcome volume. Zambrano is not an easy read in any language, and Beatriz Caballero Rodríguez, while not oversimplifying Zambrano’s complex and subtle thought, lays out the philosopher’s main ideas with clarity and sophistication. One can only hope that this intelligently argued book will be followed by more translations of María Zambrano’s works into English so that anyone whose interest is piqued by Caballero Rodríguez’s monograph will have primary texts on which to slake their thirst.’

- Roberta Johnson, University of Kansas and UCLA

About the Author(s)

Author(s): Beatriz Caballero Rodríguez

Beatriz Caballero Rodríguez is Lecturer in Spanish at the University of Strathclyde.

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