josep maria esquirol

Josep Maria Esquirol was born in Mediona (Alt Penedès, Barcelona) in 1963. He is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Barcelona from 1985 and coordinator of the doctoral programme “Contemporary Philosophy and Classic Studies” at this University. Likewise, he is the lead researcher of Aporia Project.

His main fields of study are political philosophy and contemporary philosophy and he has done his research in several universities and countries. Prof. Esquirol has focused his research in recent years on the field of contemporary philosophers, such as E. Husserl, M. Heidegger, H. Arendt, J. Patočka, A. Kojève, L. Strauss, E. Mounier, P. Ricoeur or E. Levinas.

He has participated also in Spanish and European several research projects most of them focused on ethics. He is the author of numerous publications and articles in international journals as well as he has given courses and lectures in Madrid, Rome, Lisbon, London, Mexico and Bogota. He was honoured as one of the best researches by the Government of Catalonia in 2003 and he has won the award Ciutat de Barcelona (2015) and the National Award for Essay  (2016) for his book The Intimate Resistance.

Some of his more noteworthy books are outlined in the following list:

  •  (2015). La resistència íntima. Assaig d’una filosofia de la proximitat. (Premi Ciutat de Barcelona d’assaig 2015) Barcelona: Quaderns crema. Trad. al castellà, 2015, Barcelona: El Acantilado (Premio Nacional de Ensayo, 2016). [Intimate resistance. An Essay of the Philosophy of proximity]
  • (2012). Los filósofos contemporáneos y la técnica. De Ortega a Sloterdijk. Barcelona: Gedisa. [Contemporary philosophers and Thecnic].
  • (2009). El respirar dels dies. Una reflexió filosòfica sobre el temps i la vida. Barcelona: Ediciones Paidós. (2009). Trad. español 2009, Barcelona: Editorial Paidós; Trad. portuguès 2008, Brasil: Autentica. [The Breath of The Days]
  • (2006). El respeto o la mirada atenta. Una ética para la era de la ciencia y la tecnología. Barcelona: Gedisa. [The respect to the attentive look]
  • (2005). Uno mismo y los otros. De las experiencias existenciales a la interculturalidad. Barcelona: Herder Editorial. [Oneself and others. The existencialist expiriences of interculturality]
  • (2001). Què és el Personalisme? Introducció a la lectura d’Emmanuel Mounier. Barcelona: Editorial Pòrtic. [What is personalism? Introduction to Emmanuel Mounier]
  • (1998). La frivolidad política del final de la historia. Barcelona: Caparrós Editores. [Political frivolity at the end of history]
  • (1996). Tres ensayos de filosofía política. Barcelona: UB. [Three essays of political philosophy]
  • (1996). D’Europa als homes. Barcelona: Editorial Cruïlla. [From Europe to people].
  • (1988) Raó I fonament. Barcelona: PPU. [Reason and basis].