Il prodigioso duello. La sfida per l'uomo

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] The prodigious duel. The challenge for man

Giuseppe Colombo

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The book investigates the duality of “know yourself” in a scenario both ethical and dramatic, in which the man is given to himself as a task to be fulfilled so that his identity will become known only at the end of his own existence. Ignorance seems to be won in two ways. On the one hand the awareness of the genre “man”, which leads to an appeasing universal wisdom. On the other hand, the knowledge of the individual, the “unrepeatable single”, which is disturbing as it requires an “infinite rendering”. In the first case, Oedipus, knowing “man”, wins the Sphinx (the chaotic nature): knowledge translates into power. In the second case the conceit of knowledge as a tool to discover one’s “self” and “ultimate fate” lands catastrophically in the perspective of the humanistic tradition (Oedipus loses himself in forcing the oracle Tiresias) or allegedly gloriously in the trans-post-human perspective.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] The prodigious duel. The challenge for man
Original languageItalian
PublisherVita e Pensiero, Milano
Number of pages217
ISBN (Print)9788834337998
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • ambivalenza del conosci te stesso
  • awareness of the genre "man"
  • conoscenza del genere uomo
  • conoscenza del singolo irripetibile
  • duality of " know yourself"
  • knowledge of the "unrepeatable single"


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