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The Critique of Democracy in the Writings of Nicolás Gómez Dávila (1913 – 1994)

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The Western world is experiencing the "death of God" and is living in a self-proclaimed "postmodern era”, which boasts of "liberating" the human being, thanks to the cult of reason and the rejection of religious dogmas. In the twentieth century, in Latin America; in the heart of Colombia, Nicolás Gómez Dávila lived and thought. The thinker emphasizes the limitations of human reason, in opposition to the modern cult of reason, freedom and the aspiration to build an earthly paradise. The objective of this article is to present this "illustrious unknown", considered by many researchers as one of the most original thinkers of the twentieth century, who played the role of philosopher-writer in the modern world in a unique style; and his critical view of democracy.
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  • Faculty of Journalism and Political Science, University of Warsaw
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