Taken from opening paragraph of Labyrinths.

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    isn't labyrinths a collection? what particular story is it from? Jul 25, 2018 at 10:59
  • This sentence is not from the opening paragraph of Labyrinths. It's from the opening paragraph of the third short story, "The Lottery in Babylon.” It is spoken by that story's narrator. The incertitude is a function of the fantastic social/government system that story characterizes. Since, in it, people are rotated through stations or roles in life, it's impossible for them to know what their future holds. Hence, incertitude. This is a literary interpretation question. Jul 28, 2018 at 23:16

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Obviously this line is open to interpretation. One interpretation might be that he's denying excluded middle. But he would probably claim to be anti-logic (which of course to a logician is incoherent). At the least, the Greeks believed in the concept of truth, and (probably) that there is such a thing. You don't have to read much Borges to get the sense he doesn't believe in truth in this sense, that is, in bivalent truth.

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