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Pedro Blas González, PhD

Pedro Blas González, PhD

Professor of Philosophy
pgonzalez@barry.edu


Profile

Professor González joined the Barry faculty in 1998. He earned a BA degree from the University of Alabama in 1987, MA from DePaul University in 1989, and PhD from DePaul in 1995.

Area of Specialization: Ortega y Gasset, Spanish-Latin American Philosophy, German Idealism, Metaphysics, Phenomenology, Existentialism, Continental Philosophy, Philosophy of History, and Essentialism.

Area of Competence: History of Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy, Modern Philosophy, Twentieth Century French Philosophy, Epistemology, History of Ideas, and English & Spanish Philosophical Literature.

Languages: English and Spanish

Professional Interests: Professor González's professional interests include the relationship that exists between subjectivity, self-knowledge, personal autonomy and philosophy; ancient Greek philosophy; the thought of Schopenhauer, Albert Camus, Louis Lavelle, Karl Jaspers and the relationship between form and philosophical vocation.

Books Published

  • Fantasia: A Novel (e-book), 2012
  • Philosophical Perspectives on Cinema, (e-book), 2011
  • Dreaming in the Cathedral, (e-book), 2010
  • Unamuno: A Lyrical Essay, Floricanto Press, 2007.
  • Ortega's 'The Revolt of the Masses' and the Triumph of the New Man, Algora Publishing, 2007.
  • Fragments: Essays in Subjectivity, Individuality and Autonomy, Algora Publishing, 2005.
  • Human Existence as Radical Reality: Ortega's Philosophy of Subjectivity, Paragon House, 2005.

Book Chapters Published

  • "Las implicaciones sociales y filosóficas del Español y el Espanglish" in Español O Espanglish: Cual es el futuro de nuestra lengua en los Estados Unidos? Maricel Mayor Marsan. Editor. Miami: Ediciones Baquiana, Fall 2006.

Scholarly Articles, Essays, Book, Music, and Film Reviews

  • "The Future of the West in the Thought of Muggeridge and Ortega y Gasset."The University Bookman, (Spring 2014), 1-7.
  • "The Economics of Being: The Struggle for Existence in Prehistory" Cultura: International Journal of Philosophy of Culture and Axiology, Volume 11, Issue 1 (Summer 2014), p. 23-39.
  • "Meaning and Boredom in Heidegger and Macbeth." Center for European Renewal, Issue 9, (Winter 2014), p. 37-39.
  • "Baltasar Gracian: La literatura y la maxima como expresion existencial." Circulo: Revista de Cultura, Volumen XLII, (March 29, 2014), p. 45-50.
  • "Happiness or Joy?" The University Bookman, (January 19, 2014), p. 1-11.
  • "Plato's Idea of the Teacher." Part Two. The University Bookman, (May 12, 2013), p. 1-7.
  • "Human Nature, Allegory, and Truth In Plato's Republic." Part One. The University Bookman, (May 5, 2013), p. 1-10.
  • "Michael Polanyi: Tacit Knowledge, Articulation and Economics." Philosophy for Business. Issue 75, (December 2012), p. 18-34.
  • "La Inmortalidad del Alma en el Cuento El Fantasma de Enrique Anderson Imbert." Circulo: Revista de Cultura. Volumen XLI, (Fall 2012), p. 204-209.
  • "Friedrich Hayek: The Creation of the Mont Pèlerin Society and 'the Facts of the Social Sciences.'" Philosophy for Business. (April 24, 2012) Issue 73, p. 1-18.
  • "Spirit, Essence and Form in William Wordsworth's The Prelude." Pathways in Philosophy. (Spring 2012) Issue 171, p. 40-62.
  • "Borges: Filósofo de la imaginación y el tiempo." Circulo: Revista de Cultura. Volumen XL, (Fall 2011), p. 63-68.
  • "Ludwig von Mises: Economist and Philosophical Anthropologist." Philosophy for Business. Number 70, (Fall 2011), p. 1-16.
  • "Czeslaw Milosz: Old World Values Confront Late-Modern Nihilism." Telos: A Quarterly Journal of Politics, Philosophy, Critical Theory, Culture, and the Arts. Number 156, (Fall 2011) p. 153-166.
  • "Perspectivism, Form and Objective Reality in Mies van der Rohe's Architecture and Ortega y Gaseet's Thought. Philosophy Pathways Journal. Number 166, (Fall 2011) p. 3-23.
  • "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, or Socrates in the Desert." Senses of Cinema. Issue 59, (Summer 2011), p. 1-21.
  • "The Uninvited and Dead of Night: The Transcendent Other." Senses of Cinema. Issue 58, (Spring 2011), p. 1-12.
  • "Intellectuals as True Believers." Orthodoxy Today, (June 25, 2011), p. 1-6.
  • "Transcendence, Myth, and the Future of Man." Orthodoxy Today, (April 18, 2011), p.1-4.
  • "Once Upon a Time in China." Cinémathéque: Annotations on Cinema, (Spring 2011), p. 1-3.
  • "James Gould Cozzens: Morning Noon and Night." Spike Magazine: Books, Music, Art, Ideas, (February 19, 2011), p.1-3.
  • "Ortega y Gasset's Metaphysical Cure for Invertebrate Cultures." The University Bookman, (Winter 2011), p. 1-6.
  • "Citizen Kane: Biography and the Unfinished Sentence." Senses of Cinema, Issue 57, (fall 2010), p. 1-19.
  • "The Structure of Crystals." (Review of Krzysztof Zanussi's film). Cinematheque Annotations on Cinema, Issue 57, (fall 2010), p. 1-4.
  • "A Letter to Camus." Istanbul Literary Review, Issue 18, (summer 2010), p. 1-8.
  • "Fahrenheit 451: A Brave New World for the New Man." Senses of Cinema, Issue, 55, (summer 2010), p. 1-18.
  • "Schopenhauer on Conscience as the Ground of Ethics." Proceedings of the Friesian School, (May 9, 2010), p. 1-13.
  • "Stanley Kubrick's 2001: An Existential Odyssey." Senses of Cinema, Issue 52, (fall 2009), p. 1-10.
  • "Jean-Francois Revel and Anti-Americanism." The Preceedings of the Friesian School, Fourth Series, (July 29, 2010), p, 1-20.
  • "Liberty, Youth, and Fidelity to Truth in the Open society," (October 5, 2010), Orthodoxy Today, p. 1-5.
  • "The Firemen's Ball." (Review of Milos Foreman's film). Cinémathéque Annotations on Film. Issue 55, (summer 2010), p.1-4.
  • "Of Virtue and Respect in Daily Life." Orthodoxy Today, (May 29, 2010), p. 1-4.
  • "The Tired World: That Old Ennui." Orthodoxy Today, (May 7, 2010) p. 1-4.
  • "The Persistence of Memory." Aphelion: Science Fiction and Fantasy, (April 19, 2010), Issue 142, Volume 14. p. 1-19.
  • "Nights of Cabiria." (Review of Fellini's film). Cinémathéque Annotations on Film. Issue 54, (spring 2010), p. 1-4.
  • "The Third Revelation." (Review of Ralph McInerny's book. January Magazine, January 1, 2010), p.3.
  • "Smiles of a Summer Night." (Film Review). Senses of Cinema: Annotations on Film, (March 9, 2010) p. 1-2.
  • "The Man at Table Five." Bewildering Stories. Issue 361, (November 16, 2009), p. 1-19.
  • "The New Man Revisited." Orthodoxy Today, (September 28, 2009), p. 1-3.
  • "Iwayu." Cantaraville: An International Literary Quarterly. Volume VII, (summer 2009), p. 53-63.
  • "A Thousand Deaths Plus One." (Review of Sergio Ramirez's novel). January Magazine, (May 25, 2009), p. 1-2.
  • "Some Aspects of the New Man." Intellectual Conservative, (March 31, 2009), 1-4.
  • "Ceiling Zero." (Film Review). Senses of Cinema: Annotations on Film, (February 2, 2009) p.1-4.
  • "What the Futurists Neglect to Tell Us." Intellectual Conservative, January 16, 2009), 1-6.
  • "The Many Uses of a College Education. Intellectual Conservative, (December 8, 2008), p. 1-3.
  • "John Milton's Paradise Lost." Spike Magazine, (August 1, 2008), p. 2
  • "Dylansesque Live: The London Sessions." Blue Coupe Magazine, (April 16, 2008), p.1-3.
  • "Rosemary's Baby." Senses of Cinema: Annotations on Cinema, (March 17, 2008), p.1.
  • "Memory Almost Full." Review of Paul McCartney's album. Blue Coupe Magazine, (January 27, 2008), p. 1-3.
  • "An Incomplete History of World War II." Review of Edwin Kiester's book. January Magazine, (October 22, 2007), p.1-2.
  • "Historical Dictionary of Epistemology." Review of Ralph Baergen's book. Bridges: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Theology, Philosophy, History, and Science, Vol. 14, No. 1/2, (fall/winter 2007), p. 323-324.
  • "Amateur Photographer." Review of Irina Gedrovich's documentary. Bridges: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Theology, Philosophy, History, and Science, Vol. 14, No. 1/2, (fall/winter 2007), p. 388-389.
  • "Redeeming the Time." Review of Russell Kirk's book. Midwest Book Review, (October 2007), p. 16-17.
  • "Loyal Comrades, Ruthless Killers: The Secret Services of the USSR 1917-1991." Review of Slava Katamidze's book. January Magazine, (September 17, 2007), p. 2-3.
  • "Perfectly Reasonable Deviations from the Beaten Track: The Letters of Richard P. Feynman. Review of Richard Feynman's book. Spike Magazine, (September 15, 2007), p. 1-2.
  • "A Brief Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind." Review of Jack S. Crumley's book. Bridges: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Theology, Philosophy, History, and Science, Vol. 14, No. 1/2), (spring/summer 2007) p. 141-143.
  • "A Greener Faith: Religious Environmentalism and Our Planet's Future." Review of Roger S. Gottlieb's book. Bridges: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Theology, Philosophy, History, and Science, (Vol. 14, No. 1/2), (spring/summer 2007), p. 143-145.
  • "Psychotherapy and Religion: Many Paths, One Journey." Review of Marcella Bakur Weiner, Paul C. Cooper, and Claude Barbre's book. Bridges: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Theology, Philosophy, History, and Science, (Vol. 14, No. 1/2), (spring/summer 2007), p.170-171.
  • "The Hermitage Dwellers." Review of Aliona van der Horst's documentary. Bridges: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Theology, Philosophy, History, and Science, (Vol. 14, No. 1/2), (spring/summer 2007) p. 186-188.
  • "Joe Zawinul "Brown Street." Jazz music review. Blue Coupe Magazine, (August 1. 2007), p. 1-3.
  • "In the Belly of Guile." Short Story. Bewildering Stories Magazine, (April 30, 2007), p.1-17.
  • "Ecce Cor Meum." Review of Paul McCartney's classical composition. Blue Coupe Magazine, (April 18, 2007), p.1-2.
  • "The Albanian Affairs." Review of Susan Fortes' book. January Magazine, (March 12, 2007), p. 1-2.
  • "Paradise Mislaid: How we Lost Heaven and how we can Regain It." Review of Jeffrey Burton Russell's book. January Magazine, (January 8, 2007), p. 1-3.
  • "Herbert von Karajan in Rehearsal and Performance." Classical music review. Blue Coupe Magazine, (January 2, 2007), p.1.
  • "Unceasing Strife, Unending Fear: Jacques de Thérines and the Freedom of the Church in the Age of the Last Capetians." Bridges: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Theology, Philosophy, History, and Science. Volume 13, Number 3/4, (fall 2006), p. 385-387.
  • "Andrei Tarkovsky: Truth Endorsed by Life." Senses of Cinema, Issue 49 (Winter 2009), p. 1-30.
  • "Seven Thieves: Making the World Gasp." Senses of Cinema. Issue 47 (Spring 2008), p. 1-18.
  • "Unamuno: Of Immortality and Essence Objectified." Istanbul Literature Review. Number 11 (May 2008), p. 1-18.
  • "Julian Marias: La antropologia metafisica y el significado de la vocación filosófica." Circulo: Revista de Cultura. Volume XXXVI, (Fall 2007), p. 168-174.
  • "Curse of the Demon: Of Evil, Myth and Reason." Senses of Cinema. Issue 45 (Fall 2007), p. 1-11.
  • "Miguel de Unamuno: Of Poets and Mortals." Istanbul Literature Review. Number 8 (Summer 2007), p. 25-41.
  • "Jean-Pierre Melville: Encounters with Conscience." Senses of Cinema. Issue 40 (Fall 2006), p. 31-61.
  • "La filosofia como creaccion eclectica vital." Circulo: Revista de Cultura. Volumen XXXIV (Fall 2005), p. 150-160.
  • "Jacques Tati: Last Bastion of Innocence." Senses of Cinema. Issue 37, (Fall 2005), p. 1-11.
  • "Intellectuals, Humanism and Democracy." Orthodoxy Today. (September 5, 2005), p.1-6.
  • "Camus' Hero of the Absurd." Proceedings of the Friesian School. Fourth Series (Spring 2005), p. 1-24.
  • "Solipsism and Immortality in Enrique Anderson Imbert's El Fantasma." Pennsylvania English. Vol. 26, No.1-2 (Spring 2004), p. 43-60.
  • "Florinda Alzaga: Filosofia, personalismo y trascendencia." Circulo: Revista de Cultura. Volumen XXXIII (Fall 2004), p. 78-88.
  • "La Postura Existencial de Ortega y Gasset y Jean-Paul Sartre." Revista Literaria Baquiana, Año V. Numero 29/30 (Spring 2004), p.133-141.
  • "La naturaleza de las ideas y las creencias en Ortega y Gasset." Linden Lane Magazine, Vol. XXII. Nos. 2,3,4, (Winter 2003), p. 25-26.
  • "Perspectivismo, formalismo y la realidad objetiva en el pensamiento de Ortega y Gasset y la arquitectura de Mies van der Rohe." Sincronia: A Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities. (Summer 2003), p.1-19.
  • "Biographical Life and Ratio-Vitalism in the Thought of Ortega y Gasset." Philosophy Today. Vol. 46, No. 4 (Spring 2003), p. 406-418.
  • "La filosofía, el intelectual y la democracia en el pensamiento de Jean-Francois Revel." Gaceta Cultural Hispánica del Norte. Vol. 2, No. 2 (Fall 2002), p.46-50.
  • "Contemplative Parallels: The Metaphysical Proximity of Valery's 'Conscious Calculation' to Ortega's "Biographical Life." Providence: Studies in Western Civilization. Vol. 7, No.1 (Summer 2002), p. 70-84.
  • "The Role of the Intellectual in the Open Society: The Case Against Ideology." Explorations: Journal for Adventurous Thought. Vol. 20, No.3 (Spring 2002), p. 5-24.
  • "Plato's Republic: A Philosophical Inquiry." Journal for Adventurous Thought. Vol. 19, No.4 (Summer 2001), p. 51-62.
  • "Metaphysics as the Foundation of Science: Is Reflection Enough to Counterbalance the Coming-to-Presence of the Being of Technology?" Explorations: Journal for Adventurous Thought. Vol.18, No.1 (Fall 1999), p. 15-34.
  • "Half A Century of Philosophy" (A first-time translation and introduction of Jose Ortega Y Gasset's: 1951 essay "Medio siglo de Filosofia,") Philosophy Today. Vol.42:2 (August 1998), p. 115-125.

* In addition to these publications, Dr. Gonzalez has published over one hundred seventy-five other articles, essays and reviews.

Essay Publications as a Columnist for The Americano

  • (November 25, 2011) "Literary Thanksgiving," p. 1-2.
  • (October 17, 2011) "Steve Jobs and the Entrepreneurial Spirit," p. 1-2.
  • (August 10, 2011) "Appearance, Reality, and the National Debt Ceiling," P. 1-4.
  • (July 7, 2011) "Taking the Pulse of Daily Life," p. 1-2.
  • (June 3, 2011) "In Praise of Exile," p. 1-5.
  • (May 4, 2011) "America, Americans," p. 1-3.
  • (April 22, 2011) "Our Dismal Current State of Space Exploration," p. 1-7.
  • (April 1, 2011) "Some Lessons that the World can Learn from the 2011 Japan Earthquake," p. 1-3.
  • (February 22, 2011) "My School Days Memories of Ronald Reagan," p. 1-5.
  • (February 7, 2011) "The Human Legacy of Racers Jose Froilán Gonzalez and Juan Manuel Fangio," p. 1-3.
  • (December 20, 2010) "I Am Cuba," p. 1-4.
  • (December 10, 2010) "Another Sunday That Will Never Return," p. 1-3.
  • (November 24, 2010) "Thanksgiving and Our Need for Humility," p. 1-3.
  • (November 16, 2010) "Marco Rubio and the Pursuit of the American Dream," p. 1-4.
  • (November 11, 2010) "A Walk Through Manhattan," p. 1-4.
  • (October 22, 2010) "La Carrera Panamericana," p. 1-3.
  • (October 11, 2010) "Julian Marias, Part III: The Media and the Role of Public Intellectuals."
  • (October 8, 2010) "Mario Vargas Llosa Winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature."
  • (October 4, 2010) "Julian Marias, Part II: Philosophical Anthropology."
  • (September 20, 2010) "Julian Marias and the Importance of Philosophical Reflection."
  • (September 13, 2010) "Pedro Rodriguez Winner of the 1968 24 Hours of Le Mans."
  • (August 25, 2010) "Human Life as Intuition and Aesthetic Contemplation."
  • (August 12, 2010) "My Travels with Thoreau."
  • (July 27, 2010) "On Visiting Edgar Allan Poe's Grave."
  • (July 13, 2010) "Eric Hoffer: The Working Philosopher."
  • (June 29, 2010) "Cuba and the Logic of Sustainable Barbarism."
  • (June 21, 2010) "The Joy of Literature."
  • (June 8, 2010) "Some Reasons Why No One is a Prophet in Their Own Land."
  • (May 31, 2010) "In Praise of Folly."
  • (May 21, 2010) "Borges: Philosopher of Time and the Imagination."
  • (May 12, 2010) "Cinema and Forms of Human Reality."
  • (April 22, 2010) "Sacrifice in Family Life and Values."
  • (April 8, 2010) "Mario Vargas Llosa and the Noble Prize."
  • (March 2, 2010) "Cinema as Humanism Seeking Transcendence."
  • (February 16, 2010) "The Corrosive Nature of Cynicism."
  • (February 5, 2010) "The Force of Good Will: American and Christian Values."
  • (January 20, 2010) "Felix Martí-Ibáñez: Philosopher of Culture and Free Will."
  • (January 5, 2010) "Some Reflections on the Future."
  • (December 24, 2009) "Christmas in America Circa 2009."
  • (December 9, 2009) "Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ and the Imitation of Christ."
  • (November 25, 2009) "A Cuban-American Thanksgiving."
  • (November 10, 2009) "A New Philosophy of Immigration."
  • (October 27, 2009) "Intellectuals, Democracy and Good Will."
  • (October 14, 2009) "The New Man Unmasked."

Invitation and Participation in Liberty Fund Colloquia

  • "Liberty Fund Colloquium. "International Ethics and Free Government." San Antonio, Texas. February 7-10, 2013.
  • "Liberty Fund Colloquium." José Martí and the American Founders on Liberty and Interventionism." Miami, Florida. November 1-4. 2012.
  • "Liberty and Authority in the Works of T.S. Eliot and Jose Ortega y Gasset." Indianapolis, Indiana. January 26-29, 2012.
  • "Liberty and Conquest in the Americas." Indianapolis, Indiana. October 29- November 1, 2009.
  • "Liberty, Individualism, and Rebellion in Westerns and Samurai Films." Tucson, Arizona. May 14-17, 2009.
  • "Friedrich von Hayek: Derecho, Legislación y Libertad." Guatemala City, Guatemala. January 29-February 1, 2009.
  • "Responsibility and Individuality in Jorge Luis Borges." Miami Beach, Florida. December 18-21, 2008.
  • "Hayek and von Mises on Liberty, Socialism and Interventionism." Indianapolis, Indiana, September 25-28, 2008.
  • "Liberty and the Majority in the Work of Tocqueville and Ortega." (Liberty Fund events are by invitation only). Indianapolis, Indiana. August 28-31, 2008.
  • "Democracy and Its Tension with Liberty." Big Sky, Montana. August 21, 24, 2008.
  • Liberty Fund and Universidad Francisco Marroquin of Guatemala Colloquium. "Educación Universal, Compulsiva y Estatal." Miami, Florida, June 26-29, 2008.
  • "John H. Hallowell on Democracy, Liberalism and Liberty." Indianapolis, Indiana. June 19-22, 2008.
  • "Kant's Metaphysics of Liberty." Cleveland, Ohio, May 1-4, 2008.
  • "Liberty and the Moral Imagination in Russell Kirk's Eliot and his Age. Indianapolis, Indiana. April 3-5, 2008.
  • "Liberty and Responsibility in the Works of José Ortega y Gasset." San Francisco, California. September 6-9, 2007.

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