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Machado de Assis and Pascal

  • Pedro Meira Monteiro
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Part of the New Directions in Latino American Cultures book series (NDLAC)

Abstract

Pedro Meira Monteiro revisits Machado’s dialogues with the seventeenth-century French philosophers he was known to have read. Monteiro aims to understand how the French moralists, especially Blaise Pascal, enabled Machado to explore the limitations and shortcomings of the modern conception of an autonomous subject, most strikingly in his late work. This chapter studies the influence of moralists in how Machado portrays individuals who cannot escape from the mundane mechanics of passions and self-interest. Thus, a difference between the Brazilian and the French writer emerges: where Pascal proposes a leap of faith, Machado invents a narrator who is stuck in those mechanics and whose characters can be the victims of a meaningless, purely material world.

Keywords

Economic Liberalism Lost Paradise Human Autonomy Autonomous Subject Unconditional Belief 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pedro Meira Monteiro
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  1. 1.Princeton UniversityPrincetonUSA

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