María Zambrano’s Ontology of Exile

Expressive Subjectivity

  • Karolina Enquist Källgren

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  7. Back Matter
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About this book


This book analyzes the exile ontology of Spanish philosopher María Zambrano (1904-1991). Karolina Enquist Källgren connects Zambrano’s lived exile and political engagement with the Spanish Civil War to her poetic reason, and argues that Zambrano developed a theory of expressive subjectivity that combined embodiment with the expressive creativity of the human mind. The analysis of recurring literary figures and concepts—such as new materialism, the confession, image, the ruin, the heart, and awakening— show how a comprehensive argument runs as a thread through her works. Further, this book situates Zambrano’s thought in a larger European philosophical context by showing how Zambrano’s poetic reason was directly related to her unconventional exile readings of Martin Heidegger, Aristotle, Immanuel Kant, and Xavier Zubiri, among others.


Spanish philosophy Latin american philosophy Spanish Civil War metaphysics Kant Aristotle female philosopher women in philosophy

Authors and affiliations

  • Karolina Enquist Källgren
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of HistoryLund UniversityLundSweden

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