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Fernando Savater

  • Fernando Savater © Santi Cogolludo / EL MUNDO

    Fernando Savater © Santi Cogolludo / EL MUNDO






Date of birth

Jun 21, 1947

"Philosopher and writer. He is not only known for his work as a philosopher, for which he has received important awards, but also for his active participation in cultural and political life."

He was born in San Sebastian, Guipúzcoa in 1947 and is a doctor of Philosophy and Letters from the Central University in Madrid. He was expelled from the Faculty of Politics at Barcelona University, where he was teaching, because he criticised Franco. He later taught at the National Open University at the University of the Basque Country. He has been a professor at the Complutense University of Madrid since 1996. As well as teaching and writing, Fernando Savater is considered to be a distinguished, but sometimes controversial, writer of articles. Recently, he has concentrated on political activities.


National Essay Award
Cerecedo Journalism Award
Sociedad Award for Advancement in Critical Thinking
Ortega y Gasset Journalism Award
Gregorio Foundation Award
González-Ruano Journalism Award
Camilo José Cela Independent Foundation Award
Gold ‘C’ Award from the Communications Club
Julio Camba Journalism Award
El Mundo Columnists Award
Planeta Prize

Essential works

  • Work of culture - Generic image

    La tarea del héroe

    A key work in the long career of the philosopher and intellectual Fernando Savater. It is a profound yet incisive vision of the ‘hero’ figure from the field of ethics.

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Other highlighted works

  • Ethics for Amador
  • Misterios gozosos
  • The nationalist myth
  • La hermandad de la buena suerte

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