- For the conqueror of Chile, see Diego Núñez de Castro .
He graduated in Philosophy ( 1965 ) and Biology ( 1966 ) at the Complutense University of Madrid . He also has a diploma in Sociology ( 1964 ) from the Instituto Social León XIII in Madrid, and in History ( 1967 ) by the École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris . He has been a disciple of professors Carlos París and José Luis L. Aranguren .
In 1966, he began his teaching activity as Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Political Sciences of the Complutense University under the patronage of Professor Javier Muguerza ; and in 1968 he joined the department of Philosophy, founded by C. Paris, at the recently created Autonomous University of Madrid . It is at this university where he will develop his entire academic career, obtaining in 1989 the chair of History of Spanish Thought. He directed the Yearbook of the Department of Philosophy, from its origin until its disappearance ( 1985 - 1992 ).
He has been a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (1985-86) and of the Center Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique ( 1984 ). He has also worked as a collaborator of the “ Arnau de Vilanova ” Institute of the Higher Council for Scientific Research , directed by Laín Entralgo ( 1979 -1985). As a visiting professor, he has taught courses at various foreign universities, such as Georgetown University ( Washington, DC , USA ), Bowling Green ( Ohio , USA) or Bamberg ( Germany ).
He was a founding member of the Spanish Society for the History of Sciences ( 1977 ), of which he was part of its first Board of Directors, and of the Association of Philosophical Hispanism [ 1 ] ( 1988 ), becoming president of the latter and director of the Revista de Hispanismo Filosófico. He is currently Honorary President.
His main line of research has focused on the Enlightenment , positivist thought and Regenerationism , tendencies that he considers linked by a common thread. He has also dealt with other issues, such as the thinking of Unamuno or Machado. The result of this research activity has been 64 articles in specialized magazines, 16 collaborations in collective works and 12 books, among which the following stand out:
- The positive mentality in Spain: development and crisis. Madrid, Ed. Túcar, 1975 ; Madrid, Autonomous University, 1986 , 2nd edition.
- Darwinism in Spain. Madrid, Ed. Castalia, 1978 . [ 2 ]
- From Alchemy to Pantheism: Spanish Outcasts of the 18th and 19th Centuries (in collaboration with JL Peset). Madrid, National Editor, 1983 .
- Extremadura genealogy by Antonio Machado (in collaboration with FT Pérez González). Cáceres, Ed. El Brocense, 1990 .
- Unamuno: Politics and Philosophy. Recovered articles ( 1886 - 1924 ) (in collaboration with Pedro Ribas). Madrid, Fundación del Banco Exterior, 1992 .
- Director of the Sección española del Dictionary of Darwinism and Evolution, directed by Patrick Tort, París, Presses Universitaires de France, 1996 , 3 vols.
- Unamuno and socialism: recovered articles (1886-1928) (in collaboration with P. Ribas). Granada, Ed. Comares, 1997 .
- Manuel de la Revilla: Complete Works (in collaboration). Madrid, Universidad Autónoma, 2007 (3 volumes of the 7 planned have appeared so far).
Consistent with his assessment of enlightened and regenerationist thinking as intellectual models within our history, he has been interested in agricultural and wine-making issues, always from a cultural perspective. The result of this dedication are books such as Cultural trip through the German vineyard , Madrid, Vision Net, 2007; Journey to the heart of wine-growing Burgundy , Madrid, Vision Net, 2008 , and The great wines of Bordeaux , Madrid, Vision Net, 2009 . These last two have earned him the award from the French Government of the Chevalier de l'Ordre du Mérite Agricole decoration.
- Gonzalo Díaz: Men and Documents of Spanish Philosophy. Madrid, Higher Council for Scientific Research, 1995 , t. V.
- José Luis Abellán: Critical History of Spanish Thought. Madrid, Ed. Espasa-Calpe, 1989, t. V / 1.
- José Luis L. Aranguren: Spanish memories and hopes, in Complete Works, Madrid, Ed. Trotta, 1997, t. SAW.
- Carlos Paris: Memories of half a century. Barcelona, Ed. Peninsula, 2006 .
- Fernando Savater: Look where. Reasoned autobiography. Madrid, Ed. Taurus, 2003 .