History

History

Estudios Filosóficos is one of the oldest philosophy journals in Spain. It has taken part in the philosophy of our country since 1952 and has shared the great cultural, ideological and political transformations. It has become one of the main references in our current philosophical time. Maintaining its identity, it has welcomed the collaboration of numerous authors from different approaches and fields of work. It is, therefore, a journal that has become a text in itself, whose authentic world can only be glimpsed as a shared memory and common writing. Undoubtedly, the vocation of permanence of the writing is what consolidates its great contribution throughout all these years.

Arising initially as an organ of expression of the General Studies of Philosophy of the Spanish Dominicans, later denominated Higher Institute of Philosophy, its first 20 years of existence took place in the Cantabrian town of Las Caldas de Besaya. However, the institutional relocation to Valladolid in the early 1970s involved not only a social expansion and new relationships with other institutions and projects, but also a revitalization of ideas and cultural projection. All this has made it possible that Estudios Filosóficos has gone hand in hand with the historical and philosophical events in our country in the last half century, thanks to the leadership of various friars such as Jesus R. Arias, Generoso Gutiérrez, Jesús García Álvarez, Teófilo Urdánoz, Emilio García Estébanez, Eladio Chávarri, Ángel Martínez Casado, Fernando Soria and Sixto J. Castro.

 

Historical framework within the Spanish thought

After the Spanish Civil War, within Spanish philosophical field a group of authors born around 1925, in which one could perceive the germ of the great institutional and intellectual transformations that would take place in the decade of the seventies, arose. It is a generation of thinkers generally rooted in the traditional philosophy but clearly open and reactive. Their self-education and isolation, due to the harshest circumstances of repression of the Franco regime, is what provokes the struggle for an identity. Individual identities, however, given that their loneliness prevented them from carrying out joint ventures and creating a group awareness. Authors like Montero, Garrido, Rábade, Caffarena, Paris, López Quintás, Gustavo Bueno, Álvarez Turienzo, Cencillo, Lledó ..., from many different points of view, some of them formed in the most dogmatic scholastic tradition, carry out a progressive critical transformation in different areas of thought. The introduction of new perspectives in logic, epistemology, philosophy of science, philosophy of language and hermeneutics and the peculiar assimilation of social and Marxist tendencies lay the foundation for the first generation of the so-called "young philosophers" of 1936 to give a definite impulse to the main lines of the thought of the democratic transition.

Estudios Filosóficos, just like the official thought, is still generally impermeable to those airs of transformation in its first epoch. It could be said that some unconsciously critical works that, by chance, overcame the internal censorship of the journal offered a counterpoint to the almost exclusive Aristotelian-Thomist research of these years. However, it is necessary to say that, although framed in a clear atmosphere of the philosophical trend, most of the works of this period are of great quality, of great scientific capacity and of great concern for the philosophical actuality. Actually, the journal soon gained recognition in the philosophical community within the aforementioned scientific field. Above all, in the first numbers, there is an important capacity for opening up to what happens in the philosophical affairs of our country. That can be due to the liberation that supposed the distance it took from the theological formalism of the journal Ciencia Tomista, and at the same time to the youth of its first editors.

Passing quickly through the different facts of Spanish thought, we could say that it would be precisely that critical generation of "young philosophers" who, in some way, get in touch with that group of Dominicans who are liberated from the harsh Thomist orthodoxy and get involved with the social movements. It is not so much the analytic derivation of this renewal of Spanish thought as the strictly dialectical one that most affects those responsible for Estudios Filosóficos. In particular, the ethical concern born out of the radical claim of ideological freedom and social justice of the anarchist movements and the communist synthesis of Christian personalism ended up in a work group whose work would be gradually included in the journal.

After the political urgencies of those years, Estudios Filosóficos continues to be fully incorporated into the development of our most current philosophy. The numerous collaborators from different universities of the country insist on thinking about the transit time in which we are. The journal is especially involved in this essential task and it has the firm commitment to make the human being to come out stronger in this debate. These aspirations make the predominant perspective to be reflected by commitments to action, both from its foundations of application and its hermeneutical access to the meaning implicit in them. In this way, it could be said that ethics and hermeneutics become the two major axes that cross the restlessness of a discourse still tremendously alive and open.

 

Current state and projection

Currently the journal has several hundred subscribers and is exchanged with more than 200 magazines around the world. These include prestigious one, as American Philosophical Quarterly, Revue Philosophique de Louvain, The Monist, The Review of Metaphysics, The Thomist, etc. The policy of the journal is to increase the number of exchanges. The articles in Estudios Filosóficos are indexed in some of the most prestigious indexes. It is a reason to be proud for those responsible for it, both the editorial board, as the scientific committee, composed by internationally renowned experts. Perhaps because of this, Estudios Filosóficos receives more proposals of papers than it can publish. His policy has always been, and will continue to be, to count on the collaboration of prestigious philosophers and to offer the possibility to young ones to have a place in which to make public their investigations.

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