Semiotics and the Philosophy of Language

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Indiana University Press, 1986 - Literary Criticism - 242 pages
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"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.  

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Contents

Signs
14
Dictionary vs Encyclopedia
46
Metaphor
87
Symbol
130
Code
164
Isotopy
189
Mirrors
202
References
227
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Umberto Eco was born in Alessandria, Italy on January 5, 1932. He received a doctorate of philosophy from the University of Turin in 1954. His first book, Il Problema Estetico in San Tommaso, was an extension of his doctoral thesis on St. Thomas Aquinas and was published in 1956. His first novel, The Name of the Rose, was published in 1980 and won the Premio Strega and the Premio Anghiar awards in 1981. In 1986, it was adapted into a movie starring Sean Connery. His other works include Foucault's Pendulum, The Island of the Day Before, Baudolino, The Prague Cemetery, and Numero Zero. He also wrote children's books and more than 20 nonfiction books including Serendipities: Language and Lunacy. He taught philosophy and then semiotics at the University of Bologna. He also wrote weekly columns on popular culture and politics for L'Espresso. He died from cancer on February 19, 2016 at the age of 84.

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