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Thinking With Borges

Co-edited with David E. Johnson

Thinking With Borges engages the most pressing and persistent questions of the philosophical tradition—including those of time, eternity, politics, law, justice, language, reality, memory— through original and often brilliant readings of the Borgesian archive. Eschewing the tired debate as to whether Borges is a writer or a thinker and going beyond Borges’s own self-deprecating claims that he deployed the philosophical canon only for aesthetic purposes, the contributors to Thinking With Borges demonstrate that he seeks to answer the most enduring philosophical questions in ways that both contest and extend the philosophical tradition.

 

The essays included in Thinking With Borges take seriously Borges’s references to Heidegger, Kant, Spinoza, and Wilkins, among so many others. In short, rather than providing a mere catalogue of the philosophers, schools of thought, and themes that appear in Borges's writing, Thinking With Borges represents a sustained reflection on Borges's contribution to the art of thinking. In essays whose topics range from Borges's relation to Jewish mysticism to the paradoxes of time in his fiction, from the decision and constitution of the enemy to the impossible possibility of the law, the authors gathered in this volume show time and again how Borges's writing undermines any facile distinction between literature and philosophy.

Review of

Thinking with Borges

 

Eduardo González, The Johns Hopkins University

In the worldly sense in which literature and philosophy ought to connect with social hope or else perish into irrelevance, the writings of Jorge Luis Borges speak to the philosopher at risk in any reader. This effervescent, learned, and burning-bright collection of essays represents the best effort yet to keep the dialogue alive. I am keeping it under my pillow and on occasions will read it aloud to the philosopher I would love to love.