Kant And The Platypus: Essays on Language and Cognition (Paperback)

Kant And The Platypus: Essays on Language and Cognition By Umberto Eco, Alastair McEwen (Translated by) Cover Image
By Umberto Eco, Alastair McEwen (Translated by)
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How do we know a cat is a cat? And why do we call it a cat? How much of our perception of things is based on cognitive ability, and how much on linguistic resources? Here, 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.

About the Author

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.

Praise For…

"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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780156011594
ISBN-10: 015601159X
Publisher: HarperVia
Publication Date: November 9th, 2000
Pages: 480
Language: English