Guest lecturer reflects on short story by Jorge Luis Borges, "Borges and I"
September 14, 2007
"Borges and I,” a brief essay by Jorge Luis Borges is the subject of a lecture by John Perry, professor of philosophy at Stanford University at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 18 in the Philosophy Library, Tribble Hall room B316 at Wake Forest University.
Borges’ story is less than a page long, and describes the differences between his inner and outer personas. It begins: “The other one, the one called Borges, is the one things happen to.”
Perry says the story is full of philosophical riches. “I think trying to understand in some detail the thoughts Borges expresses and how the language he uses allows him to express those thoughts is worth the risk of obscuring, temporarily, the charm of the story.”
The lecture is sponsored by the Thomas Jack Lynch Fund and the Department of Philosophy. It is free and open to the public.