Activity: Talk or presentation › Oral presentation
In 1998, the philosopher Fernando Gil and the historian of literature Helder de Macedo have published an important reflexion on the themes of retrospection, vision and prophecy during the Portuguese Renaissance. This work, entitled The Travelling Eye (in its english edition), whishes to verify, in dialogue with the litterary studies, a phiosophical hypothesis on self-evidence. Through a series of very close readings of the texts of Fernão Lopes, Sá de Miranda, Camoenernardim RIbeiro and António Vieira, the authors present us themes that allow to affirm that the Protuguese Renaissance gives birth to a series of original problems that have created new ways of relating to oneself and to others. By doing so, they question identity through a permanent interrogation about the outside. Among these fundamental themes of the portuguese culture, we find those of travelling and meeting with the different. Each one of these themes opens unfathomable horizons that create strong difficulties to the identitary certitude. They bring to light, moreover, a utter rational way, that accompanies the discovery of what is new.