The Fourth Dimension of a Poem and Other Essays by M. H. Abrams (review)

The Fourth Dimension of a Poem and Other Essays by M. H. Abrams (review) symploke "The condition of possibility of becoming `todopoderoso'--the effect of saying the Word of God--is the forgetting of the human, even the human that one happens to be" (208). Ultimately, Johnson discusses "The Immortal" and interprets Borges conception of immortality as infinite mortality. Consequently, as Johnson concludes, "what is at stake is not immortality but survival" (209). In the afterword, "The Secret of Culture," Johnson discusses the logic of the secret in Borges' "The Ethnographer." There, Borges suggests that the evidence allows Murdock some choice in languages, even to the point of allowing him to assign conflicting or contradictory translations to the same sentence. There is no doubt that Murdock is able to technically translate the precious secret of the Amerindians into his Eurocentric categories. After all, we know that he is able to think "in the logic" of these alien people. However, Murdock also claims that he has learned something that he cannot say. Johnson's contribution here is to interpret the story according to the logic of the secret, which follows from the logic of translation that Kant's Dog has traced in Borges' work. This book is essential reading not only for those interested in philosophical interpretations http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png symploke University of Nebraska Press

The Fourth Dimension of a Poem and Other Essays by M. H. Abrams (review)

symploke, Volume 21 (1) – Dec 22, 2013

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symploke "The condition of possibility of becoming `todopoderoso'--the effect of saying the Word of God--is the forgetting of the human, even the human that one happens to be" (208). Ultimately, Johnson discusses "The Immortal" and interprets Borges conception of immortality as infinite mortality. Consequently, as Johnson concludes, "what is at stake is not immortality but survival" (209). In the afterword, "The Secret of Culture," Johnson discusses the logic of the secret in Borges' "The Ethnographer." There, Borges suggests that the evidence allows Murdock some choice in languages, even to the point of allowing him to assign conflicting or contradictory translations to the same sentence. There is no doubt that Murdock is able to technically translate the precious secret of the Amerindians into his Eurocentric categories. After all, we know that he is able to think "in the logic" of these alien people. However, Murdock also claims that he has learned something that he cannot say. Johnson's contribution here is to interpret the story according to the logic of the secret, which follows from the logic of translation that Kant's Dog has traced in Borges' work. This book is essential reading not only for those interested in philosophical interpretations

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