The Sign of Three: Dupin, Holmes, Peirce

Paperback | September 22, 1988

EditorUmberto Eco, Thomas A. SebeokbyThomas A. Sebeok

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"... fascinating throughout.... the book is recreative in the highest sense." -Arthur C. Danto, The New Republic

"A gem for Holmes fans and armchair detectives with a penchant for logical reflection, and Peirce scholars." -Library Journal

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The book is as intellectually exciting as it is instructive, and I recommend it highly to all readers who care seriously about how we come to know the things we think we know.

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"... fascinating throughout.... the book is recreative in the highest sense." -Arthur C. Danto, The New Republic"A gem for Holmes fans and armchair detectives with a penchant for logical reflection, and Peirce scholars." -Library Journal

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The book is as intellectually exciting as it is instructive, and I recommend it highly to all readers who care seriously about how we come to know the things we think we know.

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 conundru...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.2 × 6.1 × 0.5 inPublished:September 22, 1988Publisher:Indiana University Press

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ISBN - 10:0253204879

ISBN - 13:9780253204875

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Table of Contents

Preface: Umberto Eco and Thomas A. Sebeok
Abbreviations in the Text: Thomas A. Sebeok

1. One, Two, Three Spells UBERTY
Thomas A. Sebeok

2. You Know My Method: A Juxtaposition of Charles S. Pierce and Sherlock Holmes
Thomas A. Sebeok and Jean Umiker-Sebeok

3. Sherlock Holmes: Applied Social Psychologist
Marcello Truzzi

4. Morelli, Freud, and Sherlock Holmes: Clues and Scientific Method
Carlo Ginzburg

5. To Guess or Not To Guess?
Massimo A. Bonfantini and Giampaolo Proni

6. Peirce, Holmes, Popper
Gian Palol Carettini

7. Sherlock Holmes Confronts Modern Logic: Toward a Theory of Information-Seeking through Questioning
Jaakko Hintikka and Merrill B. Hintikka

8. Sherlock Holmes Formalized
Jaakko-Hintikka

9. The Body of the Dectective Model: Charles S. Peirce and Edgar Allan Poe
Nancy Harrowitz

10. Horns, Hooves, Insteps: Some Hypothesis on Three Types of Abduction
Umberto Eco

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The book is as intellectually exciting as it is instructive, and I recommend it highly to all readers who care seriously about how we come to know the things we think we know.