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Virtual Subjects, Fugitive Selves: Fernando Pessoa and his philosophy

Jonardon Ganeri


Fernando Pessoa (1888–1935) has become many things to many people in the years that have passed since his untimely death. For some he is simply the greatest Portuguese poet of the twentieth century. For others he has gradually emerged as a forgotten voice in twentieth-century modernism. And yet Pessoa was also a philosopher, and it is only very recently that the philosophical importance of his work has begun to attract the attention it deserves. Pessoa composed systematic philosophical essays in his pre-heteronymic period, defending rationalism in epistemology and sensationism in the philosoph ... More

Keywords: Fernando Pessoa, self, heteronym, philosophy of mind, cosmopolitanism, subjectivity, Buddhist philosophy, Vedānta, panpsychism, Chinese philosophy, Indian philosophy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198864684
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198864684.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonardon Ganeri, author
Bimal K. Matilal Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, University of Toronto