Pseudonimo / Pseudonimia

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Pseudonym / Pseudonymy

Ingrid Marina Basso*

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[Autom. eng. transl.] A pseudonym is defined as the fictitious name, different from the personal name, with which an author chooses to carry out his activity in order to mask his true identity, or simply his name, especially in the literary, artistic or intellectual field in general. Pseudonym is also defined as the fake name behind which a real character can be hidden, and yet intuitively, in the context of a literary fiction or an artistic representation. If in ancient times the phenomenon of pseudonymy, in the first sense - as well as that of anonymity - stemmed from a lack of interest in the personality of the writer or artist, in modern times, especially starting from the 16th-17th century, it draws originated from the most diverse reasons: fear of censorship or persecution, aesthetic whim, theoretical considerations. In the philosophical field, pseudonymy takes on a precise theoretical value in the work of Søren Kierkegaard and is linked to a type of communication that the philosopher calls "indirect", which, deceiving, aims to lead to the truth.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Pseudonym / Pseudonymy
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationEnciclopedia filosofica
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 2006


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