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. via constructing the implicit common sense of the Borgesian archive, that is in most cases figured because the common call for for and helpful 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 potential of a choice; and the identify of God. Kant’s puppy bargains unique interpretations of numerous of Borges’s top identified and most vital tales and of the works of key figures within the background of philosophy, together with Aristotle, Saint Paul, Maimonides, Hume, Locke, Kant, Heidegger, and Derrida. This examine outlines Borges’s curious dating 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 for you to posit a Borgesian problem to anthropology and cultural reviews. “Johnson focuses no longer on Borges’s makes use of of his philosophical references, yet on how Borges should be introduced into classical debates in philosophy, on time, id, 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 influence is salutary: he indicates how Borges’s proposal takes up, and participates in, a few previous (and a few new) philosophical debates.” — Daniel Balderston, Director, Borges heart, collage of Pittsburgh, and editor of Variaciones Borges “Kant’s puppy is a groundbreaking paintings that fills an enduring gap in Borges scholarship. Johnson fantastically brings jointly the discourses of literature and philosophy via Borges’s paintings. He presents unique and illuminating interpretations of a few of an important texts and difficulties in Borges’s oeuvre.” — Kate Jenckes, writer of examining Borges after Benjamin: Allegory, Afterlife, and the Writing of background David E. Johnson is affiliate Professor of Comparative Literature on the collage at Buffalo–State college of recent York. he's the coeditor of pondering with Borges and coauthor (with Scott Michaelsen) of Anthropology’s Wake: getting to the tip of tradition.

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