Science and fiction. On don quijote's epistemological skepticism

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Abstract

The present work seeks to analyze the representation of scientific knowledge in Cervantes' Quixote, focusing on various passages that underline the scientific expertise of don Quixote himself. It is shown that the novel contains a subtle critique of science, based on an epistemological skepticism with regard to the arbitrariness of our world concepts. The characterization of don Quixote as a man of science even permits deducting that he suffers from a 'double mental damage', caused by the lecture of both books of cavalry and science. Cervantes thus would consider science to be fiction, a very modern point of view.

Translated title of the contributionScience and fiction. On don quijote's epistemological skepticism
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)145-157
Number of pages13
JournalAnales Cervantinos
Volume48
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016

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