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kindle É Essays on Language and Cognition ´ Join or create book clubs Uch of our perception of things is based on cognitive ability and how much on linguistic resources In six remarkable essays Umberto Eco explores in depth uestions 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 Umberto Eco can be a tough author to follow But if you want a brain work out and you are interested in semiotics andor linguistics this is the book for you LOVE how to Travel with a Salmon too That is a fun read

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Kant and the Platypus kindle î eBook Essays on Language and Cognition ✓ Join or create book clubs ✓ [Download] ➸ Kant and the Platypus: Essays on Language and Cognition Author Join or create book clubs – Danpashley.co.uk How do we know a cat is a cat and 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 An erudite detailed inuirity into the philosophy of mind Here Eco is continental philosopher semiotician and cognitive scientist rolled all into one Library Journal starred review Erudite but opinionated

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Kant and the Platypus Essays on Language and CognitionHow do we know a cat is a cat and why do we call it a cat? An intriguing and often fascinating look at words perceptions and the relationship between themNewark Star Ledger In Kant and the Platypus the renowned semiotician philosopher and bestselling author of The Name of the Rose and Foucaults Pendulum explores the uestion of how m I'm a fan of Eco's novels at least a few I'd never read his non fiction broadly in the field of linguistic philosophy and especially a sub field called semiotics; concerning the nature of signs In this context 'signs' include of course what are in English called signs and also words which are special What Eco gets into in these chapters is the connection between the structure of consciousness the contents of consciousness and language This book is a collection of essays exploring the relation between things and signsThe first essay is something of a preuel; not about semiotics but the nature of being It seems to be in the nature of human language that to be something is to be discriminated normally at first by the senses and then by the application of further layers of the mental Eco uses this first essay to connect up categories not Kant's categories of the mental with mind independent reality Eco is a realist Not only is a mind independent world real it divides up beginning at the lowest orders of our sensory apparatus In subseuent essays Eco introduces Cognitive Types CT Nuclear Content NC and Molar Content MC three categories Eco develops to explain how the process of connecting up sign to mind independent thing and then sign to sign occursI have to say much of it was a little confusing Eco's writing here I assume written originally in Italian is not always easy to follow Part of the problem is that I am unfamiliar with the details of this philosophical sub sub discipline Eco's work is scholarly He makes many references to philosophers in the field especially Pierce who are entirely unknown to me He illustrates his argument throughout the text with two mostly examples taken from linguistic history; the discovery and 80 year debate over the nature of the platypus and the encounter between the Spanish and the Aztecs who until that time had never seen a horse The examples are pretty clear but not always what Eco is driving at establishing It isn't until late in the book in an essay on reference that I found myself on familiar groundI suspect that to appreciate what Eco is saying here reuires some familiarity with his wider body of work or at least semiotics generally Still I learned something and it is always interesting to view a field from the viewpoint of one of its masters