Kant and the Platypus: Essays on Language and Cognition

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HMH, 2000 M11 9 - 464 pages
How do we know a cat is a cat . . . and why do we call it a cat? An “intriguing and often fascinating” look at words, perceptions, and the relationship between them (Newark Star-Ledger).
 
In Kant and the Platypus, the renowned semiotician, philosopher, and bestselling author of The Name of the Rose and Foucault’s Pendulum explores the question of how much of our perception of things is based on cognitive ability, and how much on linguistic resources.
 
In six remarkable essays, Umberto Eco explores in depth questions of reality, perception, and experience. Basing his ideas on common sense, Eco shares a vast wealth of literary and historical knowledge, touching on issues that affect us every day. At once philosophical and amusing, Kant and the Platypus is a tour of the world of our senses, told by a master of knowing what is real and what is not.
 
“An erudite, detailed inquirity into the philosophy of mind . . . Here, Eco is continental philosopher, semiotician, and cognitive scientist rolled all into one.” —Library Journal (starred review)
 

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Contents

Introduction
Chapter One ON BEING
Chapter Two KANT PEIRCE AND THE PLATYPUS
Chapter Three COGNITIVE TYPES AND NUCLEAR CONTENT
Chapter Four THE PLATYPUS BETWEEN DICTIONARY AND ENCYCLOPEDIA
Chapter Five NOTES ON REFERRING AS CONTRACT
Chapter Six ICONISM AND HYPOICON
Back Matter
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UMBERTO ECO (1932–2016) was the author of numerous essay collections and seven novels, including The Name of the Rose, The Prague Cemetery, and Inventing the Enemy. He received Italy’s highest literary award, the Premio Strega, was named a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur by the French government, and was an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
 

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