Fernando Savater

Fernando Savater is a popular Spanish philosopher who is also famous as an essayist and for his contributions to areas ranging from cinema and ethics to literature and politics. Currently Professor of Philosophy at the Complutense University of Madrid, Savater is a skilful and engaging popularizer who has been highly successful at making the fundamental questions of philosophy accessible to a wide audience. A lauded literary figure, in 2012 he was awarded the prestigious Octavio Paz Prize for Poetry and Essay-Writing. He has also been involved in Spanish politics, campaigning against terrorism and violence in the Basque area and helping to found the Union, Progress and Democracy political party in 2007. Polity has published his book The Questions of Life, which was an enormous international success: translated into ten languages, it sold 70,000 copies in Spain alone.