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Spanish philosophy is the philosophical tradition of the people of territories that make up the modern day nation of Spain and of its citizens abroad. Although Spanish philosophical thought had a profound influence on philosophical traditions throughout Latin America, political turmoil within Spain throughout the 20th century diminished the influence of Spanish philosophy in international contexts. [1] Within Spain during this period, fictional novels written with philosophical underpinnings were influential, leading to some of the first modernist European novels, such as the works of Miguel de Unamuno and Pío Baroja. [2]

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  1. Ferrater Mora, José (2012). Three Spanish Philosophers: Unamuno, Ortega, Ferrater Mora. SUNY Press. ISBN   9780791486948.
  2. Johnson, Roberta (2015). Crossfire: Philosophy and the Novel in Spain, 1900-1934. University Press of Kentucky. p. 190. ISBN   9780813149677.