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The Resource From the tree to the labyrinth : historical studies on the sign and interpretation, Umberto Eco ; translated by Anthony Oldcorn

From the tree to the labyrinth : historical studies on the sign and interpretation, Umberto Eco ; translated by Anthony Oldcorn

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From the tree to the labyrinth : historical studies on the sign and interpretation
Title
From the tree to the labyrinth
Title remainder
historical studies on the sign and interpretation
Statement of responsibility
Umberto Eco ; translated by Anthony Oldcorn
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  • eng
  • ita
  • eng
Summary
"The way we create and organize knowledge is the theme of From the Tree to the Labyrinth, a major achievement by one of the world's foremost thinkers on language and interpretation. Umberto Eco begins by arguing that our familiar system of classification by genus and species derives from the Neo-Platonist idea of a 'tree of knowledge.' He then moves to the idea of the dictionary, which -- like a tree whose trunk anchors a great hierarchy of branching categories -- orders knowledge into a matrix of definitions. In Eco's view, though, the dictionary is too rigid: it turns knowledge into a closed system. A more flexible organizational scheme is the encyclopedia, which - instead of resembling a tree with finite branches -- offers a labyrinth of never-ending pathways. Presenting knowledge as a network of interlinked relationships, the encyclopedia sacrifices humankind's dream of possessing absolute knowledge, but in compensation we gain the freedom to pursue an infinity of new connections and meanings. Moving effortlessly from analyses of Aristotle and James Joyce to the philosophical difficulties of telling dogs from cats, Eco demonstrates time and again his inimitable ability to bridge ancient, medieval, and modern modes of thought. From the Tree to the Labyrinth is a brilliant illustration of Eco's longstanding argument that problems of interpretation can be solved only in historical context."--Publisher's description
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Eco, Umberto
Dewey number
121/.68
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Language note
In English
LC call number
P99
LC item number
.E2613 2014eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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Oldcorn, Anthony
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  • Semiotics
  • Language and languages
  • PHILOSOPHY
  • PHILOSOPHY
  • Language and languages
  • Semiotics
  • Semiotik
  • Språkfilosofi
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From the tree to the labyrinth : historical studies on the sign and interpretation, Umberto Eco ; translated by Anthony Oldcorn
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Copyright
Note
"Originally published as Dall'albero al labirinto: Studi storici sul segno e l'interpretazione, by Umberto Eco, © 2007 RCS Libri S.p.A."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 6 Jottings on Beatus of Liébana
  • 7 Dante between Modistae and Kabbalah
  • 8 The Use and Interpretation of Medieval Texts
  • 9 Toward a History of Denotation
  • 10 On Llull, Pico, and Llullism
  • 11 The Language of the Austral Land
  • 12 The Linguistics of Joseph de Maistre
  • 13 On the Silence of Kant
  • 14 Natural Semiosis and the Word in Alessandro Manzoni's The Betrothed (I promessi sposi)
  • 15 The Threshold and the Infinite: Peirce and Primary Iconism
  • Frontmatter
  • 16 The Definitions in Croce's Aesthetic
  • 17 Five Senses of the Word "Semantics," from Bréal to the Present Day
  • 18 Weak Thought versus the Limits of Interpretation
  • References
  • Index
  • Contents
  • Introduction
  • 1 From the Tree to the Labyrinth
  • 2 Metaphor as Knowledge: Aristotle's Medieval (Mis)Fortunes
  • 3 From Metaphor to Analogia Entis
  • 4 The Dog That Barked (and Other Zoosemiotic Archaeologies)
  • 5 Fakes and Forgeries in the Middle Ages
Control code
872114704
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (vi, 633 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780674728165
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
10.4159/9780674728165
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt65v54d
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)872114704
Label
From the tree to the labyrinth : historical studies on the sign and interpretation, Umberto Eco ; translated by Anthony Oldcorn
Publication
Copyright
Note
"Originally published as Dall'albero al labirinto: Studi storici sul segno e l'interpretazione, by Umberto Eco, © 2007 RCS Libri S.p.A."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 6 Jottings on Beatus of Liébana
  • 7 Dante between Modistae and Kabbalah
  • 8 The Use and Interpretation of Medieval Texts
  • 9 Toward a History of Denotation
  • 10 On Llull, Pico, and Llullism
  • 11 The Language of the Austral Land
  • 12 The Linguistics of Joseph de Maistre
  • 13 On the Silence of Kant
  • 14 Natural Semiosis and the Word in Alessandro Manzoni's The Betrothed (I promessi sposi)
  • 15 The Threshold and the Infinite: Peirce and Primary Iconism
  • Frontmatter
  • 16 The Definitions in Croce's Aesthetic
  • 17 Five Senses of the Word "Semantics," from Bréal to the Present Day
  • 18 Weak Thought versus the Limits of Interpretation
  • References
  • Index
  • Contents
  • Introduction
  • 1 From the Tree to the Labyrinth
  • 2 Metaphor as Knowledge: Aristotle's Medieval (Mis)Fortunes
  • 3 From Metaphor to Analogia Entis
  • 4 The Dog That Barked (and Other Zoosemiotic Archaeologies)
  • 5 Fakes and Forgeries in the Middle Ages
Control code
872114704
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (vi, 633 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780674728165
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
10.4159/9780674728165
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt65v54d
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)872114704

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