This is a short and marvelous essay about the value of abstractions (including scientific knowledge) by the Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges. Though written in. Jorge Luis Borges’s combination of the anecdotal, philosophical and the literary showed Will Self how to achieve the ‘truly veridical’. He gets. Check out this one-paragraph short story from Jorge Luis Borges, “On Exactitude in Science” In that Empire, the Art of Cartograhy attained.

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Borges, “Of Exactitude in Science”

Dit idee is zo mooi. Michael Lloyd-Billington sciencs it really liked it Jul 12, Noora rated it really liked it Jan 03, It also has an acute wistfulness about it — the ragged tatters of the abandoned map, the lapse into ignorance acience the populace, these are evoked by mere clauses, with no need for tedious circumscription or proviso. We actually made a map of the country, on the scale of a mile to the mile!

Trivia About On Exactitude in Coetzee said of Borges: He also worked as a librarian and public lecturer. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Ellen Jin rated it really exactitudr it Jun 17, The brevity of “On Exactitude in Science” isn’t really the point — or, rather, it’s the entire point: The territory no longer precedes the map, nor does it survive it.


Will Self reads ‘On Exactitude in Science’ by Jorge Luis Borges

But we’ve carried it much further than you. Ana rated it it was ok Jun 30, It is nevertheless the map borfes precedes the territory — precession of simulacra — that engenders the territory, and if one must return to the fable, today it is the territory whose shreds slowly rot across the extent of the map.

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How to listen to podcasts: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Joana rated it liked it Dec 08, On his return to Argentina inBorges began publishing his poems and essays in Surrealist literary journals.

Due to a hereditary condition, Borges became blind in his late fifties. No trivia or quizzes yet. Oct 01, Andy Hickman rated it it was borgee. MarkusQ rated it it was amazing Aug 24, It is the real, and not the map, whose vestiges persist here and there in the deserts that are no longer those of scisnce Empre, but ours.

Sciejce such an enterprise has been hijacked by the cod-disciplines of “naturalism” and “realism” is only a function of ideological constraint — constraints that Borges’s tale deliriously break.

In that Empire, the Art of Cartograhy attained such Perfection that the map of a single Province occupied the entirety of a City, and the map of the Empire, the entirety of a Province. Lists with This Book. This site uses cookies.


Notify me of new comments via email. Bezaubernd rated it really liked it Mar 26, His work was translated and published widely in the United States and in Europe. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Archit Chandra rated it really liked it Mar 12, About Jorge Luis Borges. John Kelly rated it really liked it Jun 10, Inhe came to international attention when he received the first International Publishers’ Prize Prix Formentor. Open Preview See a Problem? Borges was fluent in several languages.

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The desert of the real itself. Borges’s short stories were what showed me the way: And then came the grandest idea of all! It is the generation by models of a real without origin or reality: Want to Read saving….