"He is the author. This man has invented Emilio Lledó, "proclaimed loudly on Tuesday his own Emilio Lledó (Sevilla, 1927), philosopher, one of the most important contemporary Spanish thinkers, at the end of the press conference in which he had just presented in Madrid Words in time, by Cipriano Játiva. He referred to Lledó and the book that takes in dictionary form his thought, based on selected texts of the teacher, around alphabetically ordered words, each preceded by an introduction of Játiva and headed all by an introduction that is, in reality, "an authentic monograph," said Lledó during the presentation.
And he has also explained how to see himself invented, or at least reinvented, through the eyes of Játiva, with phrases like these: "He is the author; I am here the patient and happy subject "; "I have discovered myself, I have seen myself in this book as a strange character in the hands of Cipriano, and that I have assumed by the hands that offered it to me and because I did not find the things that he had selected of that gentleman you have called Don Emilio "; "He has discovered me, and I say it without the slightest exaggeration, I have discovered myself and made me reflect"; "[Con esta obra] I have had original sensations in the etymological sense of the word origin, because I was entangled in a book that exudes friendship. "
Friendship has been one of the most repeated words in the presentation of the text, edited by the Foundation José Manuel Lara in collaboration with the Andalusian Studies Center of the Junta de Andalucía. "I want to thank you for being my teacher in the broadest and in the best sense of the word, for having given me in an absolutely generous way their friendship since we know each other," said Játiva, who makes almost two decades signed the thesis entitled History and poetic reason in María Zambrano, directed by Emilio Lledó. Játiva (Albacete, 1959) has combined his work as a teacher with the writing of works as The strangeness of close (2001) and Longing for bridges (2005).
Now, about Words in time, explained: "The other day I read some verses of Roberto Juarroz which I think summarizes what I have tried: 'The office of the word / beyond the small misery / and the small tenderness of designating this or that / is an act of love: creating presence'. I have tried to create presence. " The dialogue, he added, as described by his teacher, is based "on listening, on the ability to listen to others." "I think that is one of the things that perhaps we lack most in our times; listening to others is the beginning. That is in the thought of Lledó and that is what I have tried: that these words that I have chosen serve to listen to him better, closer and facilitate young readers -or younger ones-, go back to Emilio's books and continue with other books "
Together with friendship – "Only friends understand", Lledó quoted Aristotle-, dialogue has been the other most repeated word. "I want to say something that has to do with dialogue and with philosophy and that is often forgotten: the first philosophical block of what is called Western culture are the Dialogs of Plato", The author who" invented dialogue as a form of philosophical communication ", explained Lledó. For this reason, he continues to defend the classics: "I still enrich myself by reading the classics, Plato, Aristotle and Don Quixote, I have read it more than 15 times because every time I learn more and let myself be led less by my own ideas. and more for that dialogue. "
And to try to facilitate this dialogue with the author, among many others, of Memory of ethics, The silence of writing, Praise of unhappiness or The memory of the logo, Princess of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities, here goes this Words in time, philosophical alphabet of Emilio Lledó -Although he can not, eye, replace the direct reading of his texts, warns Játiva himself.