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. Maps are a standard of adventure, fantasy, and science fiction. . Borges called the piece “Of Exactitude in Science,” and packaged it as a bit of.

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Topics Short stories The Guardian Books podcast. Email required Address never made public. That such an enterprise has been hijacked by the cod-disciplines of “naturalism” and “realism” is only a function of acience constraint — constraints that Borges’s tale deliriously break.

On his return to Argentina inBorges began publishing his poems and essays in Surrealist literary journals. Jon Cronshaw rated it it was amazing Sep 13, University sciencf Chicago Press.

Borges, “Of Exactitude in Science”

He was a target of political persecution during the Sciencce regime, and supported the military juntas that overthrew it. Short stories by Jorge Luis Borges short stories Works about hyperreality Argentine speculative fiction works.

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Inhis family moved to Switzerland where he attended school and traveled to Spain. Dit idee is zo mooi. What do you consider the largest map that would be really useful? To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Odd and yet deep, bogges yet odd. Joana rated it liked it Dec 08, Due to a hereditary condition, Borges became blind in his late fifties. Be the first to ask a question about On Boryes in Science.


The following Generations, who were not so fond of the Study of Cartography as their Forebears had been, saw that that vast map was Useless, and not without some Pitilessness was it, that they delivered it up to the Inclemencies of Sun and Winters. Today abstraction is no longer that of the map, the double, the mirror, or the concept. Overall, a wonderful short story with an incredible amount of thought behind it.

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On Exactitude in Science by Jorge Luis Borges

Just thought of adding this old pearl into the ‘Read’ list to make it more complete. Retrieved from ” https: Feb 28, Annabelle rated it really liked it. If once we were able bborges view the Borges fable in which the cartographers of the Empire draw up a map so detailed that it ends up covering the territory exactly the decline of the Empire witnesses the fraying ij this map, little by little, and its fall into ruins, though some shreds are still discernible in the deserts — the metaphysical beauty of this ruined abstraction testifying to a pride equal to the Empire and rotting like a carcass, returning to the substance of the soil, a bit as the double ends by being confused with the real through aging — as the most beautiful allegory of simulation, this fable has now come full circle for us, and possesses nothing but the discrete charm of second-order simulacra.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. It also has an acute wistfulness about it — the ragged tatters of the abandoned map, the lapse into ignorance of the populace, these are evoked by mere clauses, with no need for tedious circumscription or proviso. Borges’s short stories were what showed me the way: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

So we now use the country itself, as its own map, and I assure you it does nearly as well. Books by Jorge Luis Borges. Maggie rated it it was amazing Dec 29, Simulation is no longer that of a territory, a referential being, ij a substance.

Ana rated it it was sicence Jun 30, It is the generation by models of a real without origin or reality: This page was last edited on 14 Septemberat