Kant and the Platypus: Essays on Language and Cognition

Paperback | November 9, 2000

byUmberto Eco

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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 ofthe world of our senses, told by a master of knowing what is real and what is not.

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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 ...

UMBERTO ECO is the author of five novels and numerous essay collections, 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 Legion d'Honneur by the French government, and is an honorary member of the American Aca...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.03 inPublished:November 9, 2000Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:015601159x

ISBN - 13:9780156011594

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