Kant's Dog: On Borges, Philosophy, and the Time of Translation (SUNY Series in Latin American and Iberian Thought and Culture)

Kant's Dog: On Borges, Philosophy, and the Time of Translation (SUNY Series in Latin American and Iberian Thought and Culture)

David E. Johnson


Situates Borges on the restrict of philosophy and literature. Kant’s puppy offers clean perception into Borges’s preoccupation with the contradiction of the time that passes and the id that endures. through constructing the implicit good judgment of the Borgesian archive, that's generally figured because the common call for for and important impossibility of translation, Kant’s puppy is ready to spell out Borges’s responses to the philosophical difficulties that almost all involved him, these of the structure of time, eternity, and id; the choice of unique and duplicate; the legitimacy of authority; event; the character of language and the opportunity of a call; and the identify of God. Kant’s puppy deals unique interpretations of a number of of Borges’s most sensible identified and most vital tales and of the works of key figures within the heritage of philosophy, together with Aristotle, Saint Paul, Maimonides, Hume, Locke, Kant, Heidegger, and Derrida. This learn outlines Borges’s curious courting to literature and philosophy and, via a reconsideration of the relation among necessity and coincidence, opens the query of the structure of philosophy and literature. The afterword develops the good judgment of translation towards the key on the middle of each tradition with a view to posit a Borgesian problem to anthropology and cultural experiences. “Johnson focuses no longer on Borges’s makes use of of his philosophical references, yet on how Borges could be introduced into classical debates in philosophy, on time, identification, God, and so on. His corpus of philosophers is novel within the context of Borges studies—we get Aristotle the following greater than Plato, Augustine and Aquinas, Maimonides and Averroes, Hegel and Kant, Agamben and Derrida. The impact is salutary: he exhibits how Borges’s concept takes up, and participates in, a few outdated (and a few new) philosophical debates.” — Daniel Balderston, Director, Borges middle, collage of Pittsburgh, and editor of Variaciones Borges “Kant’s puppy is a groundbreaking paintings that fills an enduring gap in Borges scholarship. Johnson superbly brings jointly the discourses of literature and philosophy via Borges’s paintings. He offers unique and illuminating interpretations of a few of crucial texts and difficulties in Borges’s oeuvre.” — Kate Jenckes, writer of analyzing Borges after Benjamin: Allegory, Afterlife, and the Writing of historical past David E. Johnson is affiliate Professor of Comparative Literature on the collage at Buffalo–State college of recent York. he's the coeditor of considering with Borges and coauthor (with Scott Michaelsen) of Anthropology’s Wake: getting to the tip of tradition.

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