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Machado de Assis, the Brazilian Pyrrhonian

Author: José Raimundo Maia Neto
Publisher: West Lafayette, Ind. : Purdue University Press, [1994] ©1994
Series: Purdue studies in Romance literatures, v. 5.
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"Maia Neto traces Machado's particular brand of skepticism to that of the philosopher Pyrrho of Elis and reveals the modern sources through which he inherited that line of thought. He then shows how Machado's own philosophical development (as seen primarily through his fiction) follows the stages proposed by Pyrrho and his followers for the development of a skeptical worldview: flight from hypocritical society in  Read more...
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Maia Neto, José Raimundo, 1959-
Machado de Assis, the Brazilian Pyrrhonian.
West Lafayette, Ind. : Purdue University Press, ©1994
(OCoLC)622216172
Named Person: Machado de Assis; Machado de Assis; Machado de Assis
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: José Raimundo Maia Neto
ISBN: 1557530513 9781557530516
OCLC Number: 29752194
Description: xiii, 231 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Pt. 1. Machado's First Phase (1861 to 1878). Ch. 1. An Essay of 1861 and the Short Stories from 1862 to 1871. Ch. 2. The Short Stories and First Novels from 1872 to 1878. Ch. 3. Problematic Characters: The Skeptic's Ancestors. Ch. 4. The Revised Short Stories: Adjusting the Narrative to the Skeptical Point of View --
Pt. 2. Machado's Second Phase (1879 to 1908). Ch. 5. Epitaph of a Small Winner. Ch. 6. Dom Casmurro. Ch. 7. Counselor Aires and His "Memorial" --
Appendix: English Translations.
Series Title: Purdue studies in Romance literatures, v. 5.
Responsibility: José Raimundo Maia Neto.

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"Maia Neto traces Machado's particular brand of skepticism to that of the philosopher Pyrrho of Elis and reveals the modern sources through which he inherited that line of thought. He then shows how Machado's own philosophical development (as seen primarily through his fiction) follows the stages proposed by Pyrrho and his followers for the development of a skeptical worldview: flight from hypocritical society in favor of domestic quietude; investigation of manipulative social interactions; suspension of judgment; and mental tranquility."--BOOK JACKET. "The study points out how characters during different phases of the author's career tend to exemplify the stages in the development of a skeptical philosophy. Maia Neto also examines the development of the skeptical perspective at the formal level of Machado's work. The fictional discourse and the narrator's point of view are progressively adjusted to the skeptical perspective."--BOOK JACKET. "For those who study literature, Machado de Assis, the Brazilian Pyrrhonian provides a foundation for understanding one of the most important writers of the Americas. For philosophers, the book reveals a fascinating worldview, thoroughly rooted in the traditions of ancient skepticism."--BOOK JACKET.

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