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Machado de Assis, the Brazilian Pyrrhonian
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Machado de Assis (1839-1908) is Brazil's greatest writer and the most important Latin American writer of the nineteenth century. His subtle criticism of cherished institutions is evident to all readers, and critics have often mentioned his skepticism. In Machado de Assis, the Brazilian Pyrrhonian, however, a philosopher seriously examines Machado's philosophical position for the first time. Jose' Raimundo Maia Neto traces Machado's particular brand of skepticism to that of the ancient philosopher Pyrrho of Elis and reveals the sources through which he inherited that line of thought. He then shows how Machado's own philosophical development follows the stages proposed by Pyrrho for the development of a skeptical worldview.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, List of Editors, Dedication, Epigraph
  2. pp. i-vii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Preface
  2. p. xiii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-17
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  1. Part 1 Machado's First Phase (1861 to 1878)
  2. p. 19
  1. Chapter One: An Essay of 1861 and the Short Stories from 1862 to 1871
  2. pp. 21-38
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  1. Chapter Two: The Short Stories and First Novels from 1872 to 1878
  2. pp. 39-53
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  1. Chapter Three: Problematic Characters: The Skeptic's Ancestors
  2. pp. 55-67
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  1. Chapter Four: The Revised Short Stories: Adjusting the Narrative to the Skeptical Point of View
  2. pp. 69-75
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  1. Part 2 Machado's Second Phase (1879 to 1908)
  2. p. 77
  1. Chapter Five: Epitaph of a Small Winner
  2. pp. 79-123
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  1. Chapter Six: Dom Casmurro
  2. pp. 125-157
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  1. Chapter Seven: Counselor Aires and His "Memorial"
  2. pp. 159-190
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  1. Appendix: English Translations
  2. pp. 191-211
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 213-220
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 221-224
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 225-231
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