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How much do our perceptions of things depend on our cognitive ability, and how much on our linguistic resources? Where, and how, do these two questions meet? Umberto Eco undertakes a series of idiosyncratic and typically brilliant explorations, starting from the perceived data of common sense, from which flow an abundance of 'stories' or fables, often with animals as protagonists, to expound a clear critique of Kant, Heidegger and Peirce. And as a beast designed specifically to throw spanners in the works of cognitive theory, the duckbilled platypus naturally takes centre stage.


Full of jokes, conundra and startling insights...Eco has both moved with the times and moved his discipline along... Few will come to Kant and the Platypus for a bulletin on the world of literary theory...what the general reader will find here is an extraordinary mind at play Sunday Times


A playful collection of philosophical critiques from the internationally acclaimed and bestselling author of The Name of the Rose and The Prague Cemetery


Author Umberto Eco

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GTIN 9780099276951

Language English

Pages 480

Product type Paperback

Dimension 7.80  inches

Product Weight 11.29 ounces

Kant and the Platypus

Essays on Language and Cognition. Transl. from the Italian by Alastair McEwen

Umberto Eco


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