Joaquin Xirau Palau (Figueres 1895 - Mexico 1946) was a philosopher, publicist and pedagogue. He studied philosophy in Barcelona under Jaume Serra Húnter and Tomás Carreras Artau. He received his doctorate in Madrid, where he was a disciple of Ortega y Gasset and García Morente; there he was also influenced by M.B. Cossío and the Institución Libre de Enseñanza. He completed his studies in Paris. He was a high school teacher in Vigo and a professor at the University of Zaragoza. Finally, he became a professor at the University of Barcelona (1927), where he worked until 1939, and was dean of the Faculty of Philosophy and Arts. He was a member of the Socialist Union of Catalonia. At the university he formed an outstanding group of disciples (Calsamiglia, Casanovas, Font, Maragall, Ferrater Mora, Gomà, Nicol, Jordi Udina, Bofill, etc.), which constituted, in Nicol’s words, the “School of Barcelona” . After the Civil War, he went into exile in France in 1939, then in Great Britain and finally in Mexico. He taught at the Universidad Autónoma de México (UNAM) and the Liceo Franco-Mexicano.
Joaquim Xirau’s activity was varied and embraced various aspects of the intellectual and civic life of his time. That is why the symposium we dedicated to him was divided into two parts: one dedicated to his philosophical side and the other to his pedagogical passion.
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