ABSTRACT. Miguel de Unamuno wanted the readers of some of his novels and plays to seriously doubt whether they are fictitious characters, for such a doubt should lead them to fervently crave for immortality. In this article, I argue that, even though the doubt raised by Unamuno is unintelligible from a grammatical standpoint, it may at least be vaguely imagined, which is just what he needs in order to maintain a vicious circle generating faith that allows us to understand the purpose of his work and, by extension, to try to fill the reader’s life with meaning. pp. 90–103

Keywords: Unamuno; meaning; immortality; Wittgenstein; certainty; knowledge

How to cite: Ariso, José María (2017), “Unamuno’s Mirror-Games: On the Seeming Omnipotence and Meaningfulness of Writing in the Grammatical Void,” Linguistic and Philosophical Investigations 16: 90–103.

Received 8 May 2016 • Received in revised form 11 June 2016
Accepted 11 June 2016 • Available online 25 June 2016


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