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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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099276951
ISBN-10: 009927695X
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 29mm)
Pages: 480
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 7-Sep-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Umberto Eco

Umberto Eco has written works of fiction, literary criticism and philosophy. His first novel, The Name of the Rose, was a major international bestseller and he has since published four other novels, along with many brilliant collections of essays.

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