Semiotics and the Philosophy of Language

by Umberto Eco

Indiana University Press | July 22, 1986 | Trade Paperback

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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

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.75 in

Published: July 22, 1986

Publisher: Indiana University Press

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ISBN - 10: 0253203988

ISBN - 13: 9780253203984

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Semiotics and the Philosophy of Language

Semiotics and the Philosophy of Language

by Umberto Eco

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.75 in

Published: July 22, 1986

Publisher: Indiana University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0253203988

ISBN - 13: 9780253203984

About the Book

"Eco wittily and enchantingly develops themes often touched on inhis previous works, but he delves deeper into their complex nature... thiscollection can be read with pleasure by those unversed in semiotic theory." --Times Literary Supplement

Table of Contents

Introduction1. Signs1.1. Crisis of a concept1.2. The signs of an obstinacy1.3. Intension and extension1.4. Elusive solutions1.5. The deconstruction of the linguistic sign1.6. Signs vs. words1.7. The stoics1.8. Unification of the theories and the predominance of linguistics1.9. The 'instructional' model1.10. Strong codes and weak codes1.11. Abduction and inferential nature of signs1.12. The criterion of interpretability1.13. Sign and subject2. Dictionary vs. Encyclopedia2.1. Porphyry strikes back2.2 Critique of the Porphyrian tree2.3. Encyclopedias3. Metaphor3.1. The metaphoric nexus3.2. Traditional definitions3.3. Aristotle: synecdoche and Porphyrian tree3.4. Aristotle: metaphors of three terms3.5. Aristotle: the proportional scheme3.6. Proportion and condensation3.7. Dictionary and encyclopedia3.8. The cognitive function3.9. The semiosic background: the system of content3.10. The limits of formalization3.11. Componential representation and the pragmatics of the text3.12. Conclusions4. Symbol4.1. Genus and species4.2. Expressions by ratio facilis4.3. Expressions produced by ratio difficilis4.4. The symbolic mode4.5. Semiotics of the symbolic mode4.6. Conclusions5. Code5.1. The rise of new category5.2. The landslide effect5.3. Codes and communication5.4. Codes as s-codes5.5. Cryptography and natural languages5.6. S-codes and signification5.7 The genetic code5.8. Toward a provisonal conclusion6. Isotopy6.1. Discursive isotopies within sentences with paradigmatic disjunction6.2.
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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

About the Author

First a semiotician at the University of Bologna, and a leading figure in contemporary Italian culture, Eco brought semiotics to fiction in his first novel, The Name of the Rose (1980). This unexpected international best-seller employs the techniques of a detective novel along with sophisticated postmodern narrative and verbal conundrums, to recount a series of murders in a medieval monastery. Eco's fascination with the Middle Ages began when he was a student at the University of Torino, where he wrote his doctoral thesis (1954) on St. Thomas Aquinas. The Name of the Rose (1980) won the Premio Strega and the Premio Anghiar awards in 1981, as well as numerous international awards. His title The Prague Cementary made The New York Times best seller list for 2011.