The unnamed narrator recalls--he hesitates to use "this ghostly verb" in the presence of Funes's memory, in every sense of the word--the. Variaciones Borges 2/ Jon Stewart. Borges' Refutation of Nominalism in “Funes el memorioso”* imone de Beauvoir recalls that when she first made the ac-. "Funes the Memorious"—original Spanish title "Funes el memorioso"—is a fantasy short story by Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges (–).Published in English‎: ‎


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Generalization[ edit ] Because Funes can distinguish every physical object at every distinct time of viewing, he has no clear need of generalization or detail-suppression for the management of sense impressions.


The narrator claims that this prevents abstract thought, given that induction and deduction rely on this ability. This is stated in the line "To think is to forget a difference, to generalize, to abstract. In the overly replete el memorioso funes of Funes, there were nothing but details.

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As narrative this can be seen as extended version of insomnia. It is a fantastical presentation of a common human complaint.

Borges himself states the tale is a metaphor for this in the prologue to Artifices. El memorioso funes noted the progress of death, of moisture. He was the solitary and lucid spectator of a multiform world which was instantaneously and almost intolerably exact… I repeat, the least important of his recollections was more minutely precise and more lively than our perception of el memorioso funes physical pleasure or a physical torment… I suspect, nevertheless, that he was not very capable of thought.

To think is to forget a difference, to generalize, to abstract. In the overly replete world of Funes there were nothing but details, almost el memorioso funes details. Was Funes the perfect Vipassana practitioner?

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Did he had the perfect mindfulness? Thus was he liberated afterwards?


The only things that could have stayed in his way is that he still tried el memorioso funes rely on the language, and name everything. Plus, it is not clear, how much he was an observer and how much he identified with what he was?

Funes had a synesthetic memory, similar to Solomon Shereshevski described by El memorioso funes, and both had difficulties generalizing and reasoning. Funes, at age nineteen, falls down from a horse and upon recovery, finds an awakening of memory capacity of almost unimaginable magnitude.

Funes the Memorious

Funes tries to systematize more and more of his memory to rectify perceived flaws in the order of things. As Borges tells about Funes: He had not written it down, for what he once el memorioso funes would not be erased.

The first stimulus to his work, I believe, had been his discontent with el memorioso funes fact that "thirty-three Uruguayans" required two symbols and three words, rather than a single word and a single symbol.

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