Pragmatism in the Americas

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THE PRAGMATISM OF EDGENIO D’ORS

Marta Torregrosa

Eugenio d’Ors was born in Barcelona in 1881 and died in Villanueva y la Geltrú (Barcelona) in 1954.1 He took his first steps as a writer within the culture that predominated in the Barcelona of the end of the nineteenth century; we can therefore say that his early work belongs to the Catalan modernist movement. However, while working as a columnist, mainly on art criticism at the newspaper El Poble Català during the second half of 1904 and the first half of 1905, a progressive change in his understanding of how Catalonia must be modernized becomes apparent. The reasons behind his break with modernism are his rejection of individualism and the naturalism of modernist aesthetics, the sentimentalism and spontaneity of artistic creation, and the sterility that resulted from Catalan traditionalism anchored in ruralism and folklore. D’Ors proposed an essentially educational project for the renovation of society that he named Noucentisme. The term expressed the project of the spirits of the noucents, the new century. The noucentista project was to be carried out mainly

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