Intention


I want to tear down the exceptional preeminence now generally awarded to the self, and I pledge to be spurred on by concrete certainty, and not the caprice of an ideological ambush or a dazzling intellectual prank. I propose to prove that personality is a mirage maintained by conceit and custom, without metaphysical foundation or visceral reality. I want to apply to literature the consequences that issue from these premises, and erect upon them an aesthetic hostile to the psycochologism inherited from the last century, sympathetic to the classics, yet encouraging to today’s most unruly tendencies.

–Jorge Luis Borges, from ‘The Nothingness of Personality’, 1922

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