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Title: Fernando Pessoa’s post-romantic sense of the world
Authors: Corby, James
Keywords: Pessoa, Fernando, 1888-1935
Phenomenology in literature
Discourse analysis, Literary
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Comparative and Continental Philosophy
Citation: Corby, J. (2011). Fernando Pessoa’s post-romantic sense of the world. Comparative and Continental Philosophy, 3(2), 165-181.
Abstract: Why should philosophy, or even thinking, get in the way of seeing? In at- tempting to address this question, this paper identifies post-Romanticism as a phenomenologically inflected response to the failure of both pre-Romantic Reflexionsphilosophie and Hegelian speculative overcoming, a response that seeks to express our relation to the world in a way that does not rely on a reflection model of consciousness and gives no support to the notion of a cognitively inaccessible absolute. It will be suggested that the poetry of Fernando Pessoa offers lessons in such a post-Romanticism, showing how a phenomenological attentiveness to the world-disclosive power of poetry and to the everyday mereness of things constitutes a more coherent way of relating to the world. With reference to Heidegger and Jean-Luc Nancy, it will be argued that Pessoa’s poetry shows us that it is by reining in the reflection model of consciousness that we achieve a greater sense of the world and of our position in it.
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