Books are not …

Books are not made to be believed, but to be subjected to inquiry. When we consider a book, we mustn’t ask ourselves what it says but what it means…

– Umberto Eco

The author of The Name of the Rose was born on 5 / 1 / 1932.


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Umberto Eco

Born 5 January 1932 (age 80)Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy
Era 20th / 21st-century philosophy
Region Western Philosophy
School Semiotics
Notable ideas The “open work” (“opera aperta”)
General concepts
Biosemiotics · Code
Computational semiotics
Connotation · Decode
Denotation · Encode · Lexical
Literary semiotics · Modality
Representation (arts) · Salience
Semeiotic · Semiosis · Semiosphere
Semiotic elements & sign classes
Sign · Sign relational complex
Sign relation · Umwelt · Value
Commutation test
Paradigmatic analysis
Syntagmatic analysis
Mikhail Bakhtin · Roland Barthes
Marcel Danesi · John Deely
Umberto Eco · Algirdas Julien Greimas
Félix Guattari · Louis Hjelmslev
Roman Jakobson · Roberta Kevelson
Kalevi Kull · Juri Lotman
Charles S. Peirce · Augusto Ponzio
Ferdinand de Saussure
Thomas Sebeok · Michael Silverstein
Eero Tarasti · Jakob von Uexküll
Vyacheslav Ivanov · Vladimir Toporov
Related topics

Umberto Eco Knight Grand Cross (Italian pronunciation: [umˈbɛrto ˈɛko]; born 5 January 1932) is an Italian semiotician, essayist, philosopher, literary critic, and novelist. He is best known for his groundbreaking 1980 novel Il nome della rosa (The Name of the Rose), an intellectual mystery combining semiotics in fiction, biblical analysis, medieval studies and literary theory. He has since written further novels, including Il pendolo di Foucault (Foucault’s Pendulum) and L’isola del giorno prima (The Island of the Day Before). His most recent novel Il cimitero di Praga (The Prague Cemetery), released in 2010, was a best-seller.

Eco has also written academic texts, children’s books and many essays. He is founder of the Dipartimento di Comunicazione at the University of the Republic of San Marino, President of the Scuola Superiore di Studi Umanistici, University of Bologna, member of the Accademia dei Lincei (since November 2010) and an Honorary Fellow of Kellogg College, University of Oxford.


One thought on “Books are not …

  1. This applies to all words, written or spoken.

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