In Garry L. Hagberg (ed.), Fictional Worlds and the Moral Imagination. London: (forthcoming)

Vicky Roupa
Open University (UK)
Quixote is a caricature of a knight errant; steeped into his fictional heroes, he undertakes to revive a tradition long dead, and in the process leaves behind some unforgettable images of knightly virtue turned sour. This caricature, however, is not simply a ploy meant to arouse laughter, but also an occasion to revisit the emphasis on knowledge and good sense with which virtue has been aligned in the Socratic/Platonic tradition. The challenge Quixote represents concerns the relation between reasoning and the ability to “get it right” in practice; by sundering these apart, Cervantes forces a reconsideration of the unity of thought and action.
Keywords Plato  Socrates  intellectualism  virtue  Quixote  Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra  Miguel de Cervantes
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