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Incomplete Works: Borges’ Literary Idealism

  • Alejandro Riberi
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Part of the Literatures of the Americas book series (LOA)

Abstract

Borgesian fictions have the distinctive feature of going beyond the make-believe, and they often constitute philosophical exercises whereby reality is represented and encoded by means of fantastic constructs. A key concept emerging from this critical stance is that of fiction enacting cognition. This study traces some of the many forms of philosophical idealism whose main tenets permeate Borges’s narrative fictions through and through. Borges’s literary idealism brings forth possibilities that would otherwise be excluded from our habits of thought. In this connection, the chapter examines the notion of possible worlds and the horizons d’attente which are thereby opened up.

Keywords

Literary idealism Epistemology Habits of thought Philosophy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Histories, Languages and CulturesUniversity of HullHullUK

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