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Joxe Azurmendi
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Joxe Azurmendi on the 50th anniversary of the magazine Jakin (2006)
Born 19 March 1941 (1941-03-19) (age 80)
Zegama, Basque Country, Spain
Alma mater University of the Basque Country
Era Contemporary philosophy
Region Western philosophy
School Continental philosophy
Main interests
Modernity, Age of Enlightenment, Romanticism, social philosophy, political philosophy, philosophical anthropology, philosophy of language, ethics, nationalism, Basque literature
Notable ideas
The State as secular church, morality as a political weapon

Joxe Azurmendi Otaegi (born 19 March 1941) is a Basque writer, philosopher, essayist and poet. He has published numerous articles and books on ethics, politics, the philosophy of language, technique, Basque literature and philosophy in general.

He is member of Jakin and the director of Jakin irakurgaiak, a publishing house which has published over 40 books under his management. He also collaborated with the Klasikoak publishing firm in the Basque translations of various philosophical works and was one of the founders of Udako Euskal Unibertsitatea (The Basque Summer University). He is currently a Professor of Modern Philosophy and a lecturer at Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea (The University of the Basque Country). In 2010 he was awarded the title "honorary academic" by Euskaltzaindia (The Basque Language Academy).

Azurmendi is an intellectual who studies the problem more than the solution. Azurmendi's essays cover modern European topics in great depth and knowledge. He has incorporated the philosophy and thinking of European thinkers, especially German ones. He often adopts a polemic tone.

Joxe Azurmendi is, in the opinion of many, one of the most prolific and erudite thinkers in the Basque Country.

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