A passion for philosophical puzzles:
Jorge Luis Borges and ancient Greek philosophy
By Marcos G. Breuer, PhD
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 | 19.30
BETON7, 7 Pidnas, Votanikos-Athens 11855 (Subway Station Kerameikos), tel.: + 30 210 7512625
Beton7, Center for the Arts and The Argentine Embassy in Greece have the pleasure to invite you to the talk of the philosopher and author Marcos G. Breuer about Jorge Luis Borges and ancient Greek Philosophy on Tuesday, June 28 at 19.30 at Beton7.
This year we commemorate the 30th death anniversary of Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986), an occasion to revisit and to reflect on some of the key aspects of his work. As it is known, Borges had a passion for philosophy and, in particular, for ancient Greek philosophy. Thus, the notion of the infinite and the ontological riddles of the Ionian Presocratics, the paradoxes of Zeno of Elea, the skepticism of the Sophists, and the mystical theology of the Platonists (just to cite a few examples) became Borges’ philosophical stuff; with that stuff he created some of his most marvelous poems and short stories. At our meeting on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at Beton7 (by the way, a the very “Borgesian” cultural center), we will analyze different passages of Borges’ work to show the way he read, used and recreated ancient Greek philosophy for his literary purposes. The talk intends to be a tribute both to the great Argentine writer and to the inexhaustible Greek philosophical tradition.