Metaphysics and Borges Tlon

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Man I am glad that our world is intelligible! Enjoy!

Jill Weglarz
Metaphysics paper 8c
In his excerpt of Tlon, Borges speaks about the discovery of a nation called Uqbar and exhibits much interest in it. He attempts to conduct research on it, however, fails miserably and can only find a single encyclopedia that mentions it existence. Some years later, Borges comes across an encyclopedia called the first encyclopedia of Tlon. He becomes fascinated with Tlon and concludes that it was nothing more than a concoction of intellectuals who simply made up this planet and decided to write about it. Ironically, as the years pass, Borges comes across more and more information regarding Tlon and soon discovers that the rest of the world is being informed of the planet and its operations. Schools are teaching the language, history, and ways of Tlon, and yet, no one even has proof of its existence. What lays most perplexing is that people becomes so engulfed in this fictional planet that they forget the reality in which they live and begin to adopt the ways of Tlon, and in a sense our world-as Borges fears-is in danger of becoming Tlon. As a result of this awakening, Borges retreats within himself because this new world is unintelligible and believes that every reality is an absolute truth. No sciences are allowed on Tlon, not even reasoning for in order to reason one must be able to connect one event to the next, and that sort of linking is not allowed on Tlon-only independent acts occur-one never causing the next. Ironically, metaphysicians are not even in search of truth on Tlon, but merely search for events that awe and amaze them-and do not seek for the purpose and meaning behind such astounding events. Clarke would offer little surprise that Borges retreats within himself because if being were unintelligible, then life would have no purpose. Clarke emphasizes that the unrestricted drive to know is what gives rise to metaphysics and that if the world was...
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