Fernando Savater

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Fernando Savater
File:Fernando Savater by Gonzalo Merat.jpg
Portrait of Spanish philosopher Fernando Savater for the magazine Jot Down
Born Fernando Fernández-Savater Martín
(1947-06-21) 21 June 1947 (age 75)
San Sebastián
Alma mater Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Website www.fernandosavater.com

Fernando Fernández-Savater Martín (born 21 June 1947 at Basque city of San Sebastián) is one of Spain's most popular living philosophers, as well as an essayist and celebrated author.


Born in San Sebastián, he was an Ethics professor at the University of the Basque Country for over a decade. Presently he is a Philosophy professor at the Complutense University of Madrid. He has won several accolades for his literary work, which covers issues as diverse as contemporary ethics, politics, cinema and literary studies. In 1990, Savater and columnist and publisher, Javier Pradera, founded the magazine, Claves de Razón Práctica.[1]

He has taken an active part in several organizations engaged with peace in the Basque Country and against terrorism and Basque nationalism, such as Movimiento por la Paz y la No Violencia, Gesto por la Paz, Foro Ermua, and currently ¡Basta Ya!.

He defines himself as an agnostic, an anglophile and a defender of the Enlightenment in the Voltaire tradition.

In November 2012 he was awarded the prestigious Octavio Paz Prize of Poetry and Essay.

He recently founded a new political party called Unión, progreso y democracia (Union, Progress and Democracy) with former socialist MP Rosa Díez in order to oppose different nationalist movements in Spanish mainstream politics. Critics have pointed out that their political outlook seems to be dominated by a strong Spanish nationalist ideology itself.


  • Nihilismo y acción (Nihilism and Action) (1970)
  • Ensayo sobre Cioran (Essay on Cioran) (1974)
  • Panfleto contra el Todo (A Proclamation against Everything) (1978)
  • Criaturas del aire (1979);
  • Caronte aguarda (Charon Awaits) (1981)
  • La tarea del héroe (The Task of the Hero) (1981)
  • Invitación a la ética (An Invitation to Ethics) (1982)
  • La infancia recuperada (Childhood Recovered) (1983)
  • Sobre vivir (On Living -and Surviving) (1983)
  • Las razones del antimilitarismo y otras razones (The Reasons for Antimilitarism and Other Reasons) (1984)
  • El contenido de la felicidad (The Contents of Happiness) (1986)
  • Ética como amor propio (Ethics as Self-Esteem) (1988)
  • Ética para Amador (Ethics for Amador) (1991)
  • Política para Amador (Politics for Amador) (1992)
  • Sin contemplaciones (Straight Talk) (1993)
  • Despierta y lee (Wake Up and Read) (1998)
  • Las preguntas de la vida (The Questions of Life) (1999)
  • Perdonen las molestias (Sorry for Disturbing) (2001)
  • El Gran Laberinto (The Great Labyrinth) (2005)
  • Ética de Urgencia (Importunate Ethics) (2012)


  1. Rojo, José Andrés (21 November 2011). "The watchman of Spain's transition signs off". El País (in español). Madrid. Retrieved 23 November 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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