Kant and the Platypus: Essays on Language and Cognition (2020)

Kant and the Platypus: Essays on Language and Cognition Umberto Eco Alastair McEwen Kant and the Platypus Essays on Language and Cognition How do we know a cat is a cat And why do we call it a cat How much of our perception of things is based on cognitive ability and how much on linguistic resources Here in six remarkable essays Umber
  • Title: Kant and the Platypus: Essays on Language and Cognition
  • Author: Umberto Eco Alastair McEwen
  • ISBN: 9780156011594
  • Page: 190
  • Format: Paperback
Kant and the Platypus: Essays on Language and Cognition Umberto Eco Alastair McEwen How do we know a cat is a cat And why do we call it a cat How much of our perception of things is based on cognitive ability, and how much on linguistic resources Here, in six remarkable essays, Umberto Eco explores in depth questions of reality, perception, and experience Basing his ideas on common sense, Eco shares a vast wealth of literary and historical knowledge,How do we know a cat is a cat And why do we call it a cat How much of our perception of things is based on cognitive ability, and how much on linguistic resources Here, in six remarkable essays, Umberto Eco explores in depth questions 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 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.
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  1. Bettie☯

    Description How we know that a cat is a cat is a nice philosophical poser, and has been since the time of Plato Why we should all agree on calling the animal a cat is equally interesting, yet it throws up the problem that lies at the heart of all modern philosophy 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 Having decided against a systematic treatment of his subject, Umberto Eco under [...]

  2. Erik

    This book is hard to read Eco uses many languages, long complex sentences, and a peculiar strain of humor which combine to make a complex topic extremely hard to understand But it also makes it highly readable Which is fortunate, because I think this is a really important topic and this is the only book I ve read that addresses it directly If you make it all the way through, you ll come away with a deeper understanding of how people come to understand things and how they communicate those things [...]

  3. Dymbula

    Tu kn ku jsem etl skoro rok Na p esk ku A m l jsem z n radost Zdr ovala m jen m nevzd lanost Tolik ciz ch slov a t p n Ale kdy jsem etl, m l jsem pocit, e rozum m, e jsem Kant, kdy jsem knihu zav el, stal se ze m zase jen ptakopysk P t hv zdi ek si ale kniha zaslou.

  4. Hathaway

    I am biased I love Umberto Eco This review is therefore useless.Eco is brilliant And funny And a million times smarter than all of us I admit to having to slog through some parts, due to my own ignorance of what he was discussing This is the kind of book that exemplifies why I commit the sin of writing in the margins in this case, mainly question marks beside the passages with seemingly matter of fact points that I felt oblivious about and needed to google It was worth it though because when I f [...]

  5. Stela

    Je ne sais pas pourquoi je n ai pens ni m me un moment la s miose quand j ai achet Kant et l ornithorynque, m me si je m attendais ce que les cat gories kantiennes soient mises en doute, mais d une fa on ironique philosophique, disons, en connaissant le penchant d Umberto Eco pour les paradoxes et les associations bizarres vous rappelez vous Comment voyager avec un saumon De toute fa on, apr s cette lecture je me suis rendu compte que de la s miose me reste quelques vagues notions de mes ann es [...]

  6. Andrew

    Tempted to throw out the five star rating on this one, but I do not believe that this is something that is going to be really life changing or horizon broadening, but it is just quite good.What I really loved about these essays are their simplicity Eco does an excellent job of explaining theories of language, cognition and semiotics without resorting to dense, technical language or dumbing down.With so many essays its tough to sum up exactly what you ll find in this book, but I think it s worth [...]

  7. Amarilli

    Ne ho letto alcune parti per la tesi poi mi sono intestardita a leggerlo tutto Ci sono voluti due anni, ma stato gratificante.

  8. Alex Lee

    Umberto Eco starts off in the first chapter with asking why is there something instead of nothing Although he references much philosophy in this first go around, this is just a way for him to get to a interesting question he says that the fact that we can ask this question isn t to question Being itself, but to question common sense that Being is the initial condition for common sense So let s get to what he really wants to ask Eco is really asking, how can we know that something is what it is [...]

  9. GONZA

    Per me questo libro stato troppo difficile, le conoscenze che Eco considera preesistenti erano quasi totalmente assenti nel mio cervello, quindi la maggior parte del tempo mi sono messa a saltare dei lunghi passaggi che mi erano totalmente incomprensibili, peccato Se invece la vostra conoscenza della filosofia soprattutto contemporanea buona, penso che possiate apprezzare questa raccolta di saggi.

  10. Tom Pappalardo

    I sort of read the first bunch o pages of this book and didn t understand any of it, and then realized that I don t know anything about philosophy or semiotics, and then concluded that now was not the time to start learning Fortunately I got it for free from the Book Shed at the city dump hoooraaaaaay free dump books

  11. Yifot

    I only started it, it was very interesting but very philosophy of language There s a great story in it about galileo coming to the americas and discovering the unicorn Upon writing back to his country he descries We were quite mistaken about the unicorn, it is gray, large, and rather ugly Not horselike at all Turns out he had been introduced to the Rhino.

  12. Donna B

    Had high expectations because I love Umberto Eco, but this one was SO hard to read way above my level of understanding Oh well, I ll try On Beauty next and hopefully fare better.

  13. Alan Lindsay

    ECO takes for granted that the world exists independently of our knowledge of it, and that it exists as a population of essences reciprocally governed by laws Kant and the Platypus 298 I will grant the first proposition easily But I will grant neither part of the second I don t know what an essence is or why things ought to be recouped as essences in fact Essences if they exist in any way do not exist as such they exist, like all conceptual things, but for the purposes of the moment, for the use [...]

  14. Procyon Lotor

    Percezione, apparato cognitivo, classificazione Eco anche un filosofo serio semiologo cio si occupa di come appare il funzionamento di una cosa che dovremmo ritenere abbastanza interessante il sistema operativo umano In questo volume si radunano svariati interventi anche sottoforma di conferenza che Eco ha tenuto Non necessario essere professionisti dell argomento ma almeno un po iniziati si, anche se l autore fa lodevolissimi sforzi per l avvicinamento con esempi e aneddoti eccetera Probabilmen [...]

  15. Michael

    This is a hard book to recommend But it is hard to recommend for an odd reason If you are not particularly interested in semiotics, this is probably not the book for you It is, at times, an intensely intimate book with Eco reviewing his intellectual career, its relation to Pierce and to Kant At other times, it is an accessible overview of the Eco s fundamental positions and why they are philosophically useful and defensible The best essays are on the contractual nature of language, the relations [...]

  16. H Wesselius

    In some respects, the book is intellectual masturbation for his conclusions do not necessitate so much verbiage For those who prefer the Anglo Saxon school, much of what is written will be deem unnecessary A good application of Ockham s razor would be helpful Eco is a European styled intellectual not afraid to throw in references from disparate disciplines and leave quotations in their original language, and if the masses do not understand so be it I didn t find his conclusions and ideas worth t [...]

  17. Jody Sperling

    Certainly, some of my negative feelings toward this book originate in my lack of education especially as regards philosophy However, in terms of argument, I found it difficult to synthesize information based on Eco s constant obfuscation He seems constantly to be juggling three or points simultaneously This made it hard to track any one argument I believe he could have done by saying less.

  18. Deepak

    Brilliantly written Firstly, writing close to 400 pages on cognition semiosis is an achievement by itself And doing it in an interesting manner deserves further kudos.While I didn t understand the book in its entirety, I still consider becoming enriched about how and why we perceive things they way we do.

  19. Colin

    Not an easy read I had to take this in small chunks and reread quite a lot even then I m not sure if I understood all of it Fascinating stuff though, and when Eco illustrates his points with down to earth examples it all springs into lucidity.

  20. Grace

    Really want to go back and look into this , especially after reading Van Til, but it came due at the library and I wasn t ready to incur fines for it

  21. Shannon Mayne

    I was told that this was one of the best expositions of one side of the approach to identity Let s see if it s that.

  22. Vanlilith

    Da leggere a mente sgombra il problema trovare un periodo abbastanza tranquillo per poterlo affrontare degnamente

  23. Axel Shut

    questo il voto di un profano della materia, probabilmente un addetto ai lavori lo apprezzerebbe di pi , comunque stimolante soprattutto il primo saggio

  24. John Dobbin

    Could barely understand it, but that s probably my stupid fault I m sure it is brilliant, however I couldn t get past first base Did not finish.

  25. Antoinette

    I didn t actually read it because my brain doesn t move as fast as it did at one time I may try it again in the winter when I have less to distract me.

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