Semiotics and the Philosophy of Language
"Eco wittily and enchantingly develops themes often touched on in his previous works, but he delves deeper into their complex nature... this collection can be read with pleasure by those unversed in semiotic theory." —Times Literary Supplement
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|||||||||||||||||||||||| Excellent if dated text by a leading semiotician. Has exceptional knowledge of Philosophy of Language, the other side of the torrid debate ! It is refreshing to see that this debate in Eco's work does not turn into overarching bitterness. Nearly all philosophers in England today dismiss Semiotics as "continental nonsense". Scruton does so with exceptional vehemence, developing his own counter-theory rooted in philosophy in the analytic tradition in 20th century -- of which he himself is a popular, indeed famous, proponent. But to dismiss semiotic as "finally invalid" even if true deprives the explorer of a mode of inquiry that is not open to, for example, Scrutonian analysis. From a systems point of view the two opponents are different parts of an inquiry-oriented research, akin, in this respect to Systems Analysis and its various levels of description. At any rate Russell would not dismiss semiotical methods if in the end they yield the set of propositions that are the beginnings of analysis of a logical kind in Russellian Philosophical Logic.