The dynamic thought in Pessoa and Wittgenstein

Translated title of the contribution: O Pensamento Dinâmico em Pessoa e Wittgenstein

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This paper compares the dynamic processes in Fernando Pessoa's poetic work with Ludwig Wittgenstein's claim of dynamism in philosophy. Making extensive use of their Nachlässe, the paper explores the idea of dynamic thought and its literary expression. I argue that both writers left unpublished the majority of what they wrote exactly because dynamic thought cannot be accommodated in a conventional text. Taking the Bergen Electronic Edition of the Wittgenstein papers as a test case, I also discuss what a complete edition of Pessoa would look like.
Translated title of the contributionO Pensamento Dinâmico em Pessoa e Wittgenstein
Original languageMultiple languages
Pages (from-to)3-16
Number of pages14
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2014


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