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CECCARELLI, Paulo Roberto. Don Quixote e a transgressão do saber. Rev. Mal-Estar Subj. [online]. 2009, vol.9, n.3, pp. 917-937. ISSN 1518-6148.

Based on some excerpt from Cervantes' Don Quixote de La Mancha, the author proposes some reflections on reality, on truth, on knowledge and on transgressing knowledge. Don Quixote dies in peace after having quit the incertitude of the reality, visited the madness of certitude, and, finally, having resigned himself to the fact that any approaching of reality is always a construction that has, also, the function of a foundation myth. To go further into the debate, the author uses some references of quantum physics in order to establish a dialogue between this subject and the psychoanalysis in order to show that for both of them reality is always a construction. The author sustains that, precisely because it is a construction, truth will constantly be replaced to make place to another one that, in turn, will also be replaced. Cervantes belongs to the intellectual tradition of Erasmus de Rotterdam, and his Don Quixote rambles thought the universe of Erasmus in which every truth is suspected, and everything bathes in incertitude. Don Quixote de La Mancha is the result of the wisdom of Rotterdam and craziness of La Mancha. By transgressing the "known", Don Quixote transgresses the truth that up to then was taken for sacred and as a guarantee of knowledge and, therefore, of a possible means of controlling the world. Transgression produces turning points but there is not such a thing like a "final transgressing", which would be the equivalent of recreating the myth of an absolute knowledge. According to author, both our theoretical and clinical practices lack the necessary transgressing movement that would force us to abandon the shelter of constructed truths.

Keywords : myth; truth; craziness; knowledge; transgression.

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