Philosophies of language in the fictions of Jorge Luis Borges

Seargeant, Philip (2009). Philosophies of language in the fictions of Jorge Luis Borges. Philosophy and Literature, 33(2) pp. 386–401.

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Abstract

Ideas about language are a major theme in many of the writings of Jorge Luis Borges, and the way in which language is conceptualized within his fiction plays an important role in the philosophical speculations of his narratives. Analyzing both the implicit linguistic assumptions upon which certain narratives are built, as well as the metalinguistic explication of imaginary languages that occur in these stories, this article examines the ways in which Borges’s philosophy of language contributes to his representation of the paradoxical nature of human experience.

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