Journal of Cape Verdean Studies


Marco Piazza


The American historian and epistemologist Hayden White said that «there can be no ‘proper history’ which is not at the same time ‘philosophy of history’» (1973, p. XI). But it could also be argued that one cannot make history of philosophy or history of ideas without working on historical data. The data on which I would like to draw attention in this contribution are seemingly reducible to a small thing: they refer to a micro-history that has left few traces, some tombs, surnames, oral memories, and a couple of toponyms. In these pages I will try to show how emblematic this micro-history is to the Cape Verdean identity, the ‘caboverdianidade’ (‘Cape Verdeanness’), and how it can be so concerning identity in general. This micro-history is that of the Jewish presence in Cape Verde, on which I will provide some historical data and interpretative perspectives.

Note on the Author

Dr. Marco Piazza is Associate Professor at Università degli Studi Roma Tre. He is a member of the faculty of theDepartment of Philosophy, Communications and Theater. He lectures primarily on the history of the philosophy of the enlightenment and the intersections between philosophy and literature through the focus on emblematicauthors such as Montaigne, Maine de Biran, Proust, Rousseau, among others. Dr. Piazza’s research interests also include the study of the evolution of the philosophical concepts of interiority and habit through the analysis of individual authors or wide-ranging reconstructions that intersect scientific knowledge, from natural sciences to the history of medicine.

Dr. Marco Piazza

Professore Associato in Storia della Filosofia

Università degli Studi Roma Tre