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Eduardo San José Vázquez
Universidad de Oviedo
Vol. 21 (2020), Varia, Páginas 549-580
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Este artículo examina la opinión de Benito Jerónimo Feijoo (1676?1764) acerca del cultivo del griego y del latín en la España del siglo xviii. A través de textos del Teatro crítico universal (1726?1740) y de las Cartas eruditas y curiosas (1742?1760), se estudian, asimismo, las implicaciones y puesta en práctica de esas ideas, que cuestionaban la necesidad de estudiar el griego y la limitación del latín en la vida científica y cultural moderna. Puestas sobre el contexto del reformismo borbónico, se discute la influencia de un ideal casticista y nacionalista español en estas tesis, para concluir que el pragmatismo es el factor determinante en su preferencia de las lenguas vulgares.


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