Borges: The Analytical Language of John Wilkins

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Borges, Jorge. “The Analytical Language of John Wilkins.” Trans. Will Fitzgerald. Web. 27 Aug. 2010.

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\nNotes that the Encyclopedia Brittanica has dropped its article on Wilkins. Sets up a scholarly explanation-- can understand why, but here''s an argument of what should have been in text, then cites his supporting literature.

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Wilkins invented a language based on his own system of scientific taxonomy (like phyllum, genus, species). Corresponding syllables. States not arbitrary (my question: on some level, though, isn''t the system arbitrary in its conception?).  Borges makes same point following. The classifications come from a world view, from filters, from privileging concepts/beliefs.