Ireneo Funes: Superman or Failure? A Husserlian Analysis

  • Ethan Rubin
Part of the Literatures of the Americas book series (LOA)


Although he was not a philosopher himself, the work of Jorge Luis Borges frequently addresses prominent topics in philosophy. The characters and states of affairs that appear in his short stories draw out the implications of a philosophical theory, making his point through description rather than argument. “Funes the Memorious,” from the 1945 collection Ficciones, appeals in particular to the phenomenological sphere. This study aims to show that, using Funes, the story’s protagonist, as a thought experiment in memory and perception, Borges explores a number of philosophical issues that are also considered by the phenomenologist Edmund Husserl in his Logical Investigations.


Husserlian analysis “Ficciones” Memory Perception 

Works Cited

  1. Borges, Jorge Luis. Obras Completas. Vol. 1. Buenos Aires: Emecé Editores, 2007.Google Scholar
  2. Husserl, Edmund. Logical Investigations. Vol. 2. Translated by J. N. Findlay. London: Routledge, 2001.Google Scholar
  3. ———. The Shorter Logical Investigations. Translated by J. N. Findlay. New York: Routledge, 2001.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ethan Rubin
    • 1
  1. 1.Independent ScholarBostonUSA

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