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Space for reflection: José Saramago, 1922-2010

June 18, 2010

From the blog of the most exquisite writer of the Portuguese language, a single entry:

‘I think that in contemporary society we lack philosophy. Philosophy as a space, place, method for reflection, that can be without a determined objective, like science, which advances in order to satisfy objectives. We lack reflection, thinking, we need the labor of thinking, and it seems to me that, without ideas, we are not going anywhere.’

(‘Acho que na sociedade actual nos falta filosofia. Filosofia como espaço, lugar, método de reflexão, que pode não ter um objectivo determinado, como a ciência, que avança para satisfazer objectivos. Falta-nos reflexão, pensar, precisamos do trabalho de pensar, e parece-me que, sem ideias, nao vamos a parte nenhuma.’)

—in Expresso (Portugal), 11 October 2008

(Translated by S/S.)

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