Antonio Escohotado  

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"In May 1976, Antonio Escohotado, a Madrid born philosopher who had arrived on the island five years earlier to start a new life, signed a lease of a finca. He launched a discotheque named "El taller de los olvidadizos" ("The Workshop of the Forgetful Ones"). He wanted to express that when people go out at night it is to forget their problems and indulge in an unknown world far away from ordinary routine. However, the next day he realized that the Greek word Amnesia contains it all."--Sholem Stein

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Antonio Escohotado Espinosa (5 July 1941 – 21 November 2021) was a Spanish philosopher and essayist. His work, primarily focused on law, philosophy and sociology, covered a wide range of fields. Escohotado gained public renown for his research on drugs as well as for his well-known anti-prohibitionist positions. His major work, The General History of Drugs, is widely respected.

Selected works

  • Marcuse, Utopia and Reason (Marcuse, utopía y razón, 1968, Alianza Editorial).
  • The Unhappy Consciousness, an essay about Hegel's philosophy of religion La conciencia infeliz. (Ensayo sobre la filosofía de la religión de Hegel, 1971, Revista de Occidente).
  • From Physis to Polis (De physis a polis, 1982, Anagrama).
  • Reality and Substance (Realidad y substancia, 1986, Taurus).
  • Philosophy and Methodology in the Sciences (Filosofía y metodología de las ciencias, 1987).
  • Majesties, Crimes and Victims (Majestades, crímenes y víctimas, 1987, Anagrama).
  • The General History of Drugs (Historia general de las drogas 3 volume set, 1989, Alianza). Translated partially or completely into English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Bulgarian and Czech. Online access to parts of the book cited by the author.
  • The Book of Poisons (El libro de los venenos, 1990, Alianza)
  • The Spirit of Comedy (El espíritu de la comedia, 1991, Anagrama Essay Award - Premio Anagrama de Ensayo).
  • Learning from drugs: uses and abuses, prejudices and challenges (Aprendiendo de las drogas: usos y abusos, prejuicios y desafíos, 1995, Anagrama). This volume was published earlier under the name: El libro de los venenos en 1990 and in 1992 as Para una fenomenología de las drogas.
  • Whores and Wives: Four Myths about Sex and Duty (Rameras y esposas: cuatro mitos sobre el sexo y deber, 1993, Anagrama).
  • Drugs: Yesterday and Today (Las drogas: de ayer a mañana, 1994, Talasa).
  • Brief History of Drugs: From the Stone Age to the Stoned Age, 1999, Park Street Press (Historia elemental de las drogas, 1996, Anagrama).
  • The Question of Cannabis (La cuestión del cáñamo: una propuesta constructiva sobre hachís y marihuana, 1997, Anagrama)
  • Portrait of a Libertine (Retrato del libertino, 1997, Espasa-Calpe).
  • The General History of Drugs (in English, Graffiti Militante Press, 2015) includes the appendix: "Phenomenology of drugs" 1999, Espasa-Calpe. Online at Google Books here.
  • Chaos and Order (Caos y orden, 1999, Premio Espasa de Ensayo 1999).
  • Sixty weeks in the Tropics (Sesenta semanas en el trópico, 2003, Anagrama).
  • The Enemies of Commerce (Los enemigos del comercio, 2008, Espasa-Calpe). Online access to the Spanish book here.
  • The Enemies of Commerce II (Los enemigos del comercio II, 2013 Espasa-Calpe). Online access to the Spanish book here.
  • Facing Fear (Frente al miedo, 2015, Página Indómita).
  • The Enemies of Commerce III (Los enemigos del comercio III, 2017 Espasa-Calpe).
  • My Private Ibiza (Mi Ibiza privada, 2019 Espasa-Calpe).

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