Error, Illusion, Madness
Error, Illusion, Madness
Translated by Marco Oliveira

This book makes available in English the work of one of the most important Brazilian philosophers and intellectuals of the twentieth century. First published in 2004, <i>Error, Illusion, Madness</i> is an original contribution to the debate about the nature and role of the subject and its forms of expression. In a context where the category of the subject was being dismissed by structuralist and post-structuralist thinkers, on the one hand, and side-lined by the intersubjective turn of critical theory, on the other, Bento Prado’s book represented a unique intellectual intervention. He mobilized authors as diverse as Wittgenstein and Deleuze to formulate a notion of the subject as both a critique of identity and an affirmation of difference, a notion that dispensed with the foundational character usually associated with this category. In this way, Bento Prado opened up a new and distinctive kind of critical thinking that emphasized subjectivity while avoiding both foundationalism and relativism.

This important book will be of great interest to those working in philosophy, critical theory, cultural theory and Latin American studies.

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  • May 2021
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Table of Contents
Publisher’s Note
Foreword – Vladimir Safatle
1. Error, Illusion Madness
Commentary by Arley Ramos Moreno: “Error, Illusion, Madness”
2. Descartes and the Last Wittgenstein: The Dream Argument Revisited
3. Wittgenstein: Culture and Value
4. Plane of Immanence and Life
Commentary by Arley Ramos Moreno: ‘Values and Plane of Immanence’
5. Relativism as a Counterpoint
Commentary by Sérgio Cardoso: ‘Bento Prado Jr.’s Lecture on Relativism’
Commentary by Paulo Eduardo Arantes:‘Neither Apel, Nor Rorty’
6. On Deleuze: An Interview
7. Bergson, 110 Years Later
About the Author
Bento Prado Jr. was an influential Brazilian philosopher who taught at the University of São Paulo.
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