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  • Not normally considered a philosopher, the novelist Miguel de Cervantes nevertheless touched upon many of his era’s most important philosophical themes. After a representative sampling of what might be called philosophical moments in Cervantes’s works, we shall proceed systematically to examine his connection to three distinct philosophical schools or movements: skepticism, cynicism, and sophistry. We shall then consider some innovative and original aspects of Cervantes’s thinking by comparing him to first Plato and then to Descartes. Finally, we will conclude with his views of both epistemology and ontology before saying a word about his legacy and influence on later philosophers.

author list (cited authors)

  • Kallendorf, H.

citation count

  • 0

editor list (cited editors)

  • Sgarbi, M.

Book Title

  • Encyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy

publication date

  • December 2014