Time and the observer in Jorge Luis Borges

Literature & Aesthetics 30 (1):209-227 (2020)
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Jorge Luis Borges displays an ambivalence in his writings towards the reality of time’s flow. On the one hand, he seems to accept arguments from various thinkers refuting the reality of time. “And yet, and yet…” Borges appears unable to feel completely reconciled to such a view of time. I argue that this is because a view that refutes time denies the observer too along with it. I conclude with demonstrating how Borges, by trying to identify a reconciliation between a refutation of time and acknowledgment of its reality, addressed this problem.

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