In this collection of wise, witty and fascinating essays, Borges
discusses the existence (or non-existence) of Hell, the flaws in
English literary detectives, the philosophy of contradictions, and the
many translators of 1001 Nights. Varied and enthralling, these pieces
examine the very nature of our lives, from cinema and books to history
GREAT IDEAS. Throughout history, some books have changed the
world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves – and each other.
They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have
enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives
– and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great
thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook
civilization and helped make us who we are.
About the Author
Rene Descartes (1596-1650), the French philosopher and mathematician, is generally regarded as the founder of modern philosophy.