Dr. Jose Ortega y Gasset, one of the foremost European political philosophers, Professor of Philosophy and Literature at the University of Madrid, has been chosen Godkin Lecturer for this year, and will deliver a series of lectures during the first part of May, it was announced yesterday. Titles and dates of the lectures will be given out later.
Professor Ortega, who left Spain during the civil war and is at present living in France, has written much as an author, journalist, and scholar on modern political and philosophical themes. His most influential works have been "The Modern Theme," written in 1923 and translated into English in 1933; and "The Revolt of the Masses," written in 1930 and translated in 1932.
Through his writing he actively assisted the cause of the Spanish republic in the period leading up to the revolution of 1931 and the abdication of the king.
The Godkin lectureship was endowed by friends of Edwin Godkin, founder and for many years editor of "The Nation" magazine, "as a memorial of his long and distinguished service to the country of his adoption." The lectures must be on "The essentials of free government and part of that subject." The endowment enables delivery and publication of these lectures each spring.