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Kant and the Platypus By Umberto Ecco

Kant and the Platypus by Umberto Ecco

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In these essays, Eco explores in depth such subjects as perception, the relationship between language and experience, and iconism. Forgoing a formal, systematic treatment, he engages in a series of explorations based on common sense, and shares a wealth of ideas that are at once philosophical and amusing.

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Kant and the Platypus: Essays on Language and Cognition by Umberto Ecco

How do we know that a cat is a cat? Why do we agree on calling the beast a cat? Interesting questions, but an even more intriguing question lies at the heart of all modern philosophy-how much of our perception of things depends on our cognitive ability and how much on linguistic resources? At this point semiotics becomes inextricably linked to epistemology, or cognition. In these essays, Umberto Eco explores in depth such subjects as perception, the relationship between language and experience, and iconism that he only touched on in A Theory of Semiotics. Forgoing a formal, systematic treatment, Eco engages in a series of explorations based on common sense, from which flow an abundance of illustrative fables, often with animals as protagonists. Among the characters, a position of prominence is reserved for the platypus, which appears to have been created specifically to "put the cat among the pigeons" as far as many theories of knowledge are concerned. In Kant and the Platypus, Eco shares with us a wealth of ideas at once philosophical and amusing.

Kant and the Platypus Reviews

"Umberto Eco's essays read like letters from a friend, trying to share something he loves with someone he likes." -San Francisco Review of Books

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GOR010872706
Kant and the Platypus: Essays on Language and Cognition by Umberto Ecco
Used - Like New
Hardback
Harcourt Brace International
1999-11-01
464
0151004471
9780151004478
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