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Single Idea 16526

[catalogued under 7. Existence / E. Categories / 3. Proposed Categories]

Full Idea

A Chinese encyclopedia classifies animals as belonging to the Emperor, embalmed, tame, sucking pigs, sirens, fabulous, stray dogs, included in this classification, frenzied, innumerable, drawn with a fine brush, etcetera, or look for afar like flies.

Gist of Idea

Animal classifications: the Emperor's, fabulous, innumerable, like flies, stray dogs, embalmed….


David Wiggins (Sameness and Substance [1980], 5.7 n18)

Book Reference

Wiggins,David: 'Sameness and Substance' [Blackwell 1980], p.144

A Reaction

[This glorious quotation comes from a story by Borges, first spotted by Foucault]