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To the mentality that assumes, more or less consciously, that we must of necessity find a solution to every problem, belongs the argument based on the disastrous consequences of a thing. Take any book of apologetics-that is to say, of theological advocacy-and you will see how many times you will meet with this phrase-"the disastrous consequences of this doctrine." Now the ...more
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Published December 8th 2005 by Cosimo Classics (first published 1913)
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Roy Lotz
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Pues abrigo cada vez más la convicción de que nuestra filosofía española, está liquida y difusa en nuestra literatura, en nuestra vida, en nuestra acción, en nuestra mística, sobre todo, y no en sistemas filosóficos. Es concreta.

Cuando intento aprender un idioma, leo siempre a los filósofos que han escrito en esa lenguaje, por dos razones. Primero, porque me gusta la filosofía ; y segundo, porque el vocabulario de la filosofía—especialmente en las lenguas rom
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Ellie
It was hard for me to decide on a rating for Tragic Sense of Life by Miguel de Unamuno. For the many times I struggled to understand, was bored or intensely frustrated, I wanted to give it two stars. But then, for the many times I felt like the text was singing, that I was intensely moved by Unamuno's cris de coeur about faith, despair, and hope, I wanted to give it five stars. But settling on three seemed to betray both aspects of my reading experience so I went with the moments, pages, when I ...more
Nora
Apr 18, 2014 Nora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
از دوست داشتن چیزهای بی قدر مادی، که با باد می آیند و با باد می روند، و در عاطفه ما ریشه نمی بندند به دوست داشتن چیزهای پایدارتر می رسیم ، از عشق چیزهای خوب ، به عشق خوبی، و از عشق چیزهای زیبا به عشق زیبائی و از عشق و علاقه به چیزهای حقیقی، به عشق حقیقت و از عشق به شادی به عشق سعادت و آخرالامر به عشق عشق می رسیم. از خودمان فارغ می شویم که به خویشتن والا برسیم
عبدالله
يخبرنا أونامونو أن الشعور المأساوي بالحياة مهم بل وضروري لكوننا بشرا نشعر بوجودنا من مأساتنا وألمنا وحين نتخلى عن هذا الألم نترك شعورنا بالإنسانية، لذلك يجب أن يؤلم وجودنا ويجب أن نشعر بهذا الألم .
يبدأ أونامونو رحلة الألم والمأساة من الوعي، ويقول أن الوعي الإنساني ضروري ومايلحق هذا الوعي هو الألم ونحن كبشر حين يجذبنا الوعي نذهب إذا في طريق الألم، بعدها يذهب للقول بأن المعرفة ليست عقلية فقط، إنها حسيّة أيضا وعلى هذه الروح في داخلنا أن تحسّ بالمعرفة وحين تحسّها تعيها، فالوعي إذا ليس عقليا بحتا بل
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Ahmad Sharabiani
تو بر پای خود مثل انسان، نه مانند حیوان بی دست و پا، مثل سرو و صنوبر، به پا ایستادی و مردی. اونامونو
Amene
دردی که درد همه ی انسان هاست!
Maha Alhasawi
مختصر هذا الكتاب ان تاريخ البشر المأساوي ما هو الا تاريخ الصراع بين العقل والحياة ، الرغبة في خلود النفس والشك منها . العقل هو تاريخ الفلسفة والفلسفة هي تاريخ الدين .و الحل الوحيد لهذا النزاع هو تقبل النزاع كما هو والعيش منه .

لم أتقبل الكثير من أفكار هذا الكتاب ربما اسميها شطحات او هرطقات و استغرب من الكاتب الذي ينتقد بعض المذاهب انها سفسطائية ولا يعي ان ما يكتبه فيها شيء من هذه السفسطائية بالرغم مما ذكره قبل الفصل السابع ان ما سيلي ذكره ما هو الا اخيلة فيها من نتاج العقل ، وان الخيال"الفانتازيا
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Aziz
Aug 13, 2014 Aziz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We don't want to simply just vanish from this world, not without some kind of eternal memory of us, something that goes on and on that makes people say "I can't believe he died", or "such a loss" and such an irreplaceable loss, he, none other. I guess we all realize our hunger for immortality some way or another, and we do kind things, we love things and ourselves, we love other people and what we do, a passion for this universe, for rude life. Cheesy, I know. Well I really don't know. It's a gr ...more
Mohamad Yoosofi
کسی که انتظار ضربهی هولناکی را داشته باشد که گزیری از آسیبش ندارد، چنان نگران میشود که پیشاپیش به پیشواز رنج میرود و چون ضربه فرود آید، تقریباً هیچ دردی حس نمیکند؛ ولی بعد که بهخود میآید و از عدمحساسیت خودش آگاه میشود، ترس بَرَش میدارد؛ ترسی اندوهبار و هایل؛ و درحالیکه درد، حلقومش را میفشارد، فریاد میزند: «یعنی من دیگر وجود ندارم؟!» کدام هولانگیزتر است؟ اینکه فیالمثل، آهنی گداخته تنت را سوراخ کند و دردی احساس کنی که از طاقت و توانت خارج باشد، یا با همان آهن گداخته تنت سوراخ شود و هیچدردی حس نکن ...more
Sara
Apr 19, 2015 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, philosophy
Ay, Unamuno, Unamuno, que rompederos de cabeza y discrepancias me has causado.
Lo cierto es que me gusta más el Unamuno novelista (en el cual se esconde parte de su filosofía)
Discrepo mucho con ciertos aspectos de su pensamiento (hay una clara oposición a los míos propios) pero a pesar de estas discrepancias he encontrado partes verdaderamente enriquecedoras y un último capítulo (¿ensayo?) verdaderamente brillante.
Conclusión: me ha gustado, el último capítulo me ha encantado y necesito tiempo p
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علی‌رضا میم
الهام بخش و صمیمی، مسلط بر فلسفه و الهیات. موضوعی بدیع رو نوشته.
کاشکی در بستر تفکر اسلامی چنین کاوشی میشد..
Jimmy
Jan 16, 2012 Jimmy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
Unamuno's defense of blind faith is, well, indefensible. He is a follower of the Tertullian creed: Credo quia Absurdum, or I believe because it is absurd. Because of our hunger for immortality, we create a god who gives a conscience to the universe and allows us to feel we have meaning. I prefer the courage of facing up to the truth of our mortality.

Unamuno prefers man as a feeling animal rather than a reasoning animal. I prefer the latter. Unamuno prefers to discuss "by metaphor." He ignores o
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Laurel
actually a book of philosophy with some true humanity, whether or not you agree with all
of his points. the eternal conflict between head and heart... an applicable topic for all of
us layman philosophers. in that sense: highly practical for daily life, but certainly not
practical in the sense of mundane. very accessible, as well. you can read this even if you
don't have to for a class (unlike whitehead, for example)! i kinda think it's necessary
reading.
ઈia7asĦ
عشق واقعی جز در رنج یافته نمیشود, و در این جهان یا باید عشق را بخواهیم که در رنج است یا شادی را. و عشق به هیچ شادی دیگری جز همان سعادت عشق و تسلای غمناک بیم وامید نمی رساند. لحظه ای که عشق خرسند و خشنود شود, از اشتیاق تهی می شود و دیگر عشق نیست. خرسند و خشنود ها عشق نمی ورزند, عادتا به خواب فرو می روند که همسایه دیوار به دیوار فناست. گرفتار عادت شدن, دست شستن از وجود است. هر چه انسنان توانایی رنج بردن و درد کشیدنش بیشتر باشد, انسانتر, یعنی الوهی تر است .

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Ali
Oct 04, 2007 Ali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essays
هیچ نمی دانم چرا این اثر شگرف فیلسوف اسپانیایی را آقای بهاء الدین خرمشاهی به "درد جاودانگی" ترجمه کرده است! اگرچه فصلی از کتاب به نام "عطش جاودانگی" ست و روی هم رفته میل به جاودانه بودن در انسان، در برخی از فصل های کتاب وصف می شود. با این همه و به گمان من "حس دردناک زندگی" با "درد جاودانگی" تفاوت هایی دارد!
Robin Friedman
Jan 03, 2017 Robin Friedman rated it really liked it
The Lonely Knight Of Faith

The Spanish philosopher and novelist Miguel de Unamuno's (1864 -- 1936) "Tragic Sense of Life" is one of several important Twentieth Century works exploring the difficult character of religious belief and the conflict between faith and reason. Initially published in 1913, just before WW I the book was translated into English in 1921, shortly after it, by J.E. Crawford Flitch with revisions by the author. In the Preface to the translation, Unamuno wrote "I wrote this boo
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Daniel Schechtel
Mar 16, 2017 Daniel Schechtel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un libro que me produce contradicciones. Quizá el primer libro que leí que me hizo pensar filosóficamente, quizá el primer libro que me arrimó a una especie de existencialismo, que ya había previsto con "Crimen y Castigo" de Dostoievsky y "El Extranjero" de Albert Camus, y que después indagué con "Memorias del Subsuelo", también del ruso, y con textos varios sobre Sartre, como "El Existencialismo es un Humanismo".
Le tengo mucho cariño a Unamuno porque me regaló una novela extraña que también le
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Bruce
Jun 28, 2016 Bruce rated it it was amazing
This is the best work of Christian apologetics I've ever read. It's also the weakest intellectually; far below, say, C.S. Lewis' Mere Christianity. Unamuno goes for the emotional jugular: We all want to live forever, and if you think you don't, then you haven't fully confronted the fact of your own death. Believers believe because their dogma holds out the possibility of eternal life -- that's Unamuno's essential point, with the proviso that the life worth living is inevitably full of suffering, ...more
Greg
Apr 22, 2011 Greg rated it really liked it
I approached this book because it had been referenced many times in other works on the subject of "Tragic Vision" or "Tragic Sense of Life". The book is interesting. It is a poet doing philosophy and does not read like a typical work of philosophy. In fact it directly challenges what is knowable by rational means. The book is fascinating in that the author constructs a nearly entire theological and ethical system on one simple postulate: a universal instinct to self-preservation. The Tragic Sens ...more
Rachel
Jul 20, 2013 Rachel rated it it was amazing
His stance:

"For my part I do not want to make peace between my heart and my head, between my faith and my reason; I prefer that they be at war. [...] My purpose is to war on all those who submit, whether to Catholicism, or to rationalism, or to agnosticism. My aim is to make all men live a life of restless longing."

His thesis:

"If annihilation must be our portion, let us act in such a way that we make it an unjust portion; let us fight against destiny, even without hope of victory; let us fight
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Levan Tsutskiridze
Unamuno's approach to accept the inability to rationalize everything, especially the most important issues of life and death and to give this desire of immortality a freer reign is interesting as well as coragous. He renders this struggle of reason and of will or of religion as the whole essence of life - tragic sense of life - masterfully. I like his take of human society, or of a civil society as an expression of men's desire of immortality, his talk of the civil service also. His conclusion o ...more
Sam
Feb 07, 2013 Sam rated it did not like it
Shelves: classics, psychology
While I do feel a bit bad about giving this book only one star, it really was not for me. I was hoping for something a bit more balanced, looking at the differences between religious and scientific views and how these two things have influenced the thinking of mankind. Granted this was written in the 14th Century but I always had the impression that philosphers could take a much wider view than the generally accepted views of the time. There were moments of superb insight which a more philsophic ...more
sohrab
May 18, 2009 sohrab rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ویلیام برات درد جاودانگی را (تغزل فلسفی شگرف) نامیده است. زبان فلسفه زبانی است غامض، آکنده از اصطلاحات فنی و دیریاب. اما پای تغزل که به میان می آید، شور و سرود و سرمستی سر بر می آورد.
اونامونو برای جلوه گر ساختن این تغزل شگرف از واژگانی استفاده کرده است که همچون باران و شکوفه های بهاران پر از طراوت است. درد جاودانگی در اصل مبحث غامض فلسفی است، ولی این مبحث غامض با همت طلبی شکسپیر و دانته و میلتون و مولفان عهد جدید و در آمیختن قول و غزل آنها با درد اشتیاقی که از سینه شرحه شرحه از فراق بر می خیزد،
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Erwin Maack
May 24, 2014 Erwin Maack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Este livro segue um caminho parecido com o de Albert Camus e Ernest Becker [https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...]. Nos dá uma visão panorâmica diante do inevitável da vida. Ele foi escrito em 1.912 e tem um forte caráter profético à medida que discorre sobre a morte paulatina da fantasia diante do assombro que a razão e o senso prático vem nos causando. É acima de tudo escrito por um homem de coragem e sincero, que aposta em uma explicação católica e mais do que tudo religiosa para nos confo ...more
Javier
May 11, 2007 Javier rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book. I ended up despising most of it--Unamuno's insistence on the need for faith in God is highly offensive. I would say, though, that some of the chapters ("Love, Suffering, and Pity" and "Faith, Hope, and Charity") contained a lot of excellent points regarding love, suffering, death, etc., that did not necessitate his theistic bent. I also think, though, that some of what he says in the context of belief in God can be divorced from the religious ethic and applied ...more
Hafidha
Jul 21, 2013 Hafidha rated it it was amazing
Read this years ago, am re-reading it now, and seeing how much it influenced my stance on life. I always knew it was very influential in my thinking, but didn't realize how much so. Really enjoying re-reading this. I loved Unamuno's work so much I went to the town he lived in in Spain and visited some of his old haunts, just to pay homage to the man and walk down the same cobbled streets he walked daily. Should add: do I agree with every conclusion he came to? No, but I love his vigor and I do a ...more
Hannah
Jul 10, 2012 Hannah marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
I'm sure this guy has some great insights but I just can't get past his writing style. It just seems...arrogant. Most of the time I found myself re-reading the same paragraph over and over again. I've attempted to finish this book twice now and I find myself avoiding my stack of books because I dread it so much. So forget it. Life is too short to have to try so hard to like someone else's writing styles.
Aliakbar.Akbarzadeh
کتابی که همیشه در دسترسم بوده و هیچگاه به قفسه کتابهایم نرفت
Farid
Jun 21, 2008 Farid rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
ترجمه بهاءالدین خرمشاهی
پشت پا به هر فلسفه ای زده و عشق را تنها راه نجات و بقای بشر میداند...
Alvaro
Jul 29, 2011 Alvaro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
cuestionamientos existenciales sobre el proposito implicito de la vida . Un libro no muy largo pero si muy denso , para leer despacio y con cuidado .. .
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Miguel de Unamuno was born in the medieval centre of Bilbao, Basque Country, the son of Félix de Unamuno and Salomé Jugo. As a young man, he was interested in the Basque language, and competed for a teaching position in the Instituto de Bilbao, against Sabino Arana. The contest was finally won by the Basque scholar Resurrección María de Azcue.

Unamuno worked in all major genres: the essay, the nove
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