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Western Philosophy
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Umberto Eco in May 2005

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Umberto Eco


January 5, 1932 (1932-01-05) (age 75)
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Semiotics Semiotics, semiotic studies, or semiology is the study of signs and symbols, both individually and grouped into sign systems. ...

Main interests

Reader-response criticism This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...

Notable ideas

the "open work" ("opera aperta")


Joyce, Borges, Peirce, Kant This article is about the writer and poet. ... Borges redirects here. ... Charles Sanders Peirce (IPA: /pɝs/), (September 10, 1839 – April 19, 1914) was an American polymath, physicist, and philosopher, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. ... Kant redirects here. ...

General concepts

Biosemiotics · Code
Computational semiotics
Connotation · Decode · Denotation
Encode · Lexical · Modality
Salience · Sign · Sign relation
Sign relational complex · Semiosis
Semiosphere · Literary semiotics
Triadic relation · Umwelt · Value Semiotics, semiotic studies, or semiology is the study of signs and symbols, both individually and grouped into sign systems. ... Biosemiotics (bios=life & semion=sign) is a growing field that studies the production, action and interpretation of signs in the physical and biologic realms in an attempt to integrate the findings of scientific biology and semiotics to form a new view of life and meaning as immanent features of the... In semiotics, the concept of a code is of fundamental importance. ... Computational semiotics is an interdisciplinary field that applies, conducts, and draws on research in logic, mathematics, the theory and practice of computation, formal and natural language studies, the cognitive sciences generally, and semiotics proper. ... This word has distinct meanings in logic, philosophy, and common usage. ... In semiotics, the process of interpreting a message sent by the addresser to the addressee is called decoding. ... In semiotics, denotation is the surface or literal meaning encoded to a signifier, and the definition most likely to appear in a dictionary. ... In semiotics, the process of creating a message for transmission by the addresser to the addressee is called encoding. ... In the lexicon of a language, lexical words or nouns refer to things. ... In semiotics, modality refers to the particular way in which the information is to be encoded for presentation to humans, i. ... In semiotics, salience refers to the relative importance or prominence of a piece of a sign. ... In semiotics, a sign is generally defined as, ...something that stands for something else, to someone in some capacity. ... A sign relation is the basic construct in the theory of signs, or semiotic theory, as developed by Charles Sanders Peirce (1839-1914). ... In semiotics, a sign relational complex is a generalization of a sign relation that allows for empty components in the elementary sign relations, or sign relational triples of the form (object, sign, interpretant). ... Semiosis is any form of activity, conduct, or process that involves signs, including the production of meaning. ... Semiosphere is the sphere of semiosis in which the sign processes operate in the set of all interconnected Umwelts. ... Semiotic literary criticism, also called literary semiotics, is the approach to literary criticism informed by the theory of signs or semiotics. ... In logic, mathematics, and semiotics, a triadic relation or a ternary relation is an important special case of a polyadic or finitary relation, one in which the number of places in the relation is three. ... Umwelt (from the German umwelt, environment) according to Jakob von Uexküll and Thomas A. Sebeok is the biological foundations that lie at the very epicenter of the study of both communication and signification in the human [and non-human] animal. ... In semiotics, the value of a sign depends on its position and relations in the system of signification and upon the particular codes being used. ...


Commutation test
Paradigmatic analysis
Syntagmatic analysis In semiotics, the commutation test is used to identify the value or signficance of any of the signifiers used in the material to be analysed. ... In semiotics paradigmatic analysis is analysis of paradigms rather than surface structure (syntax) as in syntagmatic analysis, often made through commutation tests, comparisons of words chosen with absent words, words of the same type or class but not chosen. ... In semiotics syntagmatic analysis is analysis of syntax or surface structure (Syntagmatic structure), rather than paradigms as in paradigmatic analysis. ...


Roland Barthes · Marcel Danesi
Ferdinand de Saussure
Umberto Eco · Louis Hjelmslev
Roman Jakobson · Roberta Kevelson
Charles Peirce · Thomas Sebeok
John Deely Roland Barthes Roland Barthes (November 12, 1915 – March 25, 1980) (pronounced ) was a French literary critic, literary and social theorist, philosopher, and semiotician. ... Marcel Danesi is known for his work in language, communications, and semiotics, being Professor of Semiotics and Communication Theory at the University of Toronto, Canada. ... Saussure Ferdinand de Saussure (pronounced ) (November 26, 1857 – February 22, 1913) was a Geneva-born Swiss linguist whose ideas laid the foundation for many of the significant developments in linguistics in the 20th century. ... Louis Hjelmslev (October 3, 1899 - May 30, 1965) was a Danish linguist whose ideas formed the basis of the Danish School in linguistics. ... Roman Osipovich Jakobson (October 11, 1896 - July 18, 1982) was a Russian thinker who became one of the most influential linguists of the 20th century by pioneering the development of structural analysis of language, poetry, and art. ... Roberta Kevelson was the #1 authority on the pragmatism theories of Charles Sanders Peirce, and an authority on Semiotics in general. ... Charles Sanders Peirce (IPA: /pɝs/), (September 10, 1839 – April 19, 1914) was an American polymath, physicist, and philosopher, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. ... Thomas Albert Sebeok (born in Budapest, Hungary, on November 9, 1920, died December 21, 2001 in Bloomington, Indiana) was one of the most prolific and wide-ranging of US semioticians. ... John Deely John Deely (born 1942) is Professor of Philosophy at the Center for Thomistic Studies of the University of St. ...

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Aestheticization as propaganda
Aestheticization of violence
Semiotics of Ideal Beauty Aesthetics is the branch of philosophy that studies the nature of beauty and the moral value of art, so aestheticization as propaganda is the process of presenting any form of behaviour considered dangerous or threatening as an acceptable means of promoting a political aim, for example violence that may involve... The aestheticization of violence in high culture art or mass media is the depiction of violence in a manner that is stylistically excessive in a significant and sustained way so that audience members are able to connect references from the play of images and signs to artworks, genre conventions, cultural... The Semiotics of Ideal Beauty examines whether there can ever be an objective measurement of beauty or whether the concept and appreciation of beauty will always remain in flux as cultures evolve and establish new standards of physical attractiveness. ...

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Umberto Eco (born January 5, 1932) is an Italian medievalist, semiotician, philosopher and novelist, best known for his novel The Name of the Rose (Il nome della rosa) and his many essays. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... is the 5th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1932 (MCMXXXII) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1932 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A medievalist is a person who specializes in medieval studies. ... Semiotics, semiotic studies, or semiology is the study of signs and symbols, both individually and grouped into sign systems. ... A philosopher is a person who thinks deeply regarding people, society, the world, and/or the universe. ... A novel is an extended work of written, narrative, prose fiction, usually in story form; the writer of a novel is a novelist. ... The Name of the Rose, a novel by Umberto Eco, is a murder mystery set in an Italian monastery in the year 1327. ...



Eco was born in the city of Alessandria in the region of Piedmont. His father, Giulio, was an accountant before the government called upon him to serve in three wars. During World War II, Umberto and his mother, Giovanna, moved to a small village in the Piedmontese mountainside. Eco received a Salesian education, and he has made references to the order and its founder in his works and interviews.[1] For other uses, see Alessandria (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Piedmont (disambiguation). ... The Salesians of Don Bosco (or the Salesian Society, originally known as the Society of St. ...

His family name is supposedly an acronym of ex caelis oblatus (Latin: a gift from the heavens), which was given to his grandfather (a foundling) by a city official.[2] It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Backronym and Apronym (Discuss) Acronyms and initialisms are abbreviations, such as NATO, laser, and ABC, written as the initial letter or letters of words, and pronounced on the basis of this abbreviated written form. ... Child abandonment is the practice of abandoning offspring outside of legal adoption. ...

His father was the son of a family with thirteen children, and urged him to become a lawyer, but he entered the University of Turin in order to take up medieval philosophy and literature, writing his thesis on Thomas Aquinas and earning his BA in philosophy in 1954. During this time, Eco left the Roman Catholic Church after a crisis of faith.[3] The University of Turin (Italian Università degli Studi di Torino, UNITO) is the university of Turin in the Piedmont region of north-western Italy. ... Philosophy seated between the seven liberal arts – Picture from the Hortus deliciarum of Herrad von Landsberg (12th century) Medieval philosophy is the philosophy of Europe and the Middle East in the era now known as medieval or the Middle Ages, the period roughly extending from the fall of the Roman... Medieval literature is a broad subject, encompassing essentially all written works available in Europe and beyond during the Middle Ages (encompassing the one thousand years from the fall of the Western Roman Empire ca. ... Saint Thomas Aquinas, O.P.(also Thomas of Aquin, or Aquino; c. ... A B.A. issued from the University of Tennessee. ... Catholic Church redirects here. ...

After this, Eco worked as a cultural editor for the state broadcasting station Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI) and also lectured at the University of Turin (1956–64). A group of avant-garde artists—painters, musicians, writers—whom he had befriended at RAI became an important and influential component in Eco's future writing career. This was especially true after the publication of his first book in 1956, Il problema estetico di San Tommaso, which was an extension of his doctoral thesis. This also marked the beginning of his lecturing career at his alma mater. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A work similar to Marcel Duchamps Fountain Avant garde (written avant-garde) is a French phrase, one of many French phrases used by English speakers. ... A car from 1956 Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

In September 1962, he married Renate Ramge, a German art teacher.


In 1959, he published his second book, Sviluppo dell'estetica medievale, which established Eco as a formidable thinker in medievalism and proved his literary worth to his father. After serving for 18 months in the Italian Army, he left RAI to become, in 1959, non-fiction senior editor of Casa Editrice Bompiani of Milan, a position he would hold until 1975. Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Medievalism divides into both serious academic study of the medieval world and also leisure-time romanticism about that world. ... Coat of Arms of the Italian Army Dardo IFV on exercise in Capo Teulada Soldiers of the 33rd Field Artillery Regiment Acqui on parade The Italian Army (Esercito Italiano) is the ground defense force of the Italian Republic. ... Type Anti-tank Nationality Joint France/Germany Era Cold War, modern Launch platform Individual, Vehicle Target Vehicle, Fortification History Builder MBDA, Bharat Dynamics (under license) Date of design 70s Production period since 1972 Service duration since 1972 Operators 41 countries Variants MILAN 1, MILAN 2, MILAN 2T, MILAN 3, MILAN... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Eco's work on medieval aesthetics stressed the distinction between theory and practice. About the Middle Ages, he wrote, there was "a geometrically rational schema of what beauty ought to be, and on the other [hand] the unmediated life of art with its dialectic of forms and intentions" — the two cut off from one another as if by a pane of glass. Eco's work in literary theory has changed focus over time. Initially, he was one of the pioneers of "Reader Response". The Middle Ages formed the middle period in a traditional schematic division of European history into three ages: the classical civilization of Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and modern times, beginning with the Renaissance. ... Literary theory is the theory (or the philosophy) of the interpretation of literature and literary criticism. ... Reader Response is a primarily German and American literary theory that arose in response to the textual emphasis of New Criticism of the 1940s through 1960s in the west. ...

During these years, Eco began seriously developing his ideas on the "open" text and on semiotics, penning many essays on these subjects, and in 1962 he published Opera aperta ("Open Work"). Semiotics, semiotic studies, or semiology is the study of signs and symbols, both individually and grouped into sign systems. ...

In Opera aperta, Eco argued that literary texts are fields of meaning, rather than strings of meaning, that they are understood as open, internally dynamic and psychologically engaged fields. Those works of literature that limit potential understanding to a single, unequivocal line are the least rewarding, while those that are most open, most active between mind and society and line, are the most lively and best — although valuation terminology is not his business. Eco emphasizes the fact that words do not have meanings that are simply lexical, but rather operate in the context of utterance. So much had been said by I. A. Richards and others, but Eco draws out the implications for literature from this idea. He also extended the axis of meaning from the continually deferred meanings of words in an utterance to a play between expectation and fulfillment of meaning. Eco comes to these positions through study of language and from semiotics, rather than from psychology or historical analysis (as did theorists such as Wolfgang Iser, on the one hand, and Hans-Robert Jauss, on the other). He has also influenced popular culture studies though he did not develop a full-scale theory in this field. Ivor Armstrong Richards (26 February 1893 in Sandbach, Cheshire – 7 September 1979 in Cambridge) was an influential English literary critic and rhetorician. ... Wolfgang Iser (born July 22, 1926) is a German literary scholar. ... Hans-Robert Jauss (1922-1997) was a German academic, well known for his work in reception theory. ... Popular culture studies is the academic discipline studying popular culture. ...

Action in Anthropology

Eco co-founded Versus: Quaderni di studi semiotici (VS in Italian academic jargon) which is an influential semiotic journal. This format has become an important publication platform for a large number of scholars in several academic fields coping with signs and signification. The journal's foundation and activities have contributed the growing influence of semiotics as an academic field in its own right both in Italy and in Europe. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ...

Versus has published original articles by most influential European semioticians, including Umberto Eco, A.J. Greimas, Jean-Marie Floch, Paolo Fabbri, fr:Jacques Fontanille, fr:Claude Zilberberg, it:Ugo Volli and Patrizia Violi. Algirdas Julius Greimas, or Algirdas Julien Greimas (born March 9, 1917 in Tula, died 1992 in Paris), was a linguist who contributed to the theory of semiotics, and also researched Lithuanian mythology. ...

At the same time, almost every issue also contains articles by younger, less famous semioticians dealing with new research perspectives in semiotics.

In 1988, at the University of Bologna, Eco created an unusual program of Anthropology of the West from the perspective of non-Westerners (African and Chinese scholars, as defined by their own criteria. Eco developed this [Transcultura]] international network based on an idea earlier delineated by Alain Le Pichon in West Africa. The Bologna program resulted in a first conference in Guangzhou, China, in 1991 entitled "Frontiers of Knowledge." The first event was soon followed by an Itinerant Euro-Chinese seminar on "Misunderstandings in the Quest for the Universal" along the silk trade route from Canton to Beijing. The latter culminated in a book entitled "The Unicorn and the Dragon" which discussed the question of the creation of knowledge in China and in Europe. Scholars contributing to this volume were from China, including ch:TANG Yijie, ch:WANG Bin and ch:YUE Dayun), as well as from Europe: (it:Furio Colombo, Antoine Danchin, Jacques Le Goff, Paolo Fabbri, fr:Alain Rey...) There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... A French medievalist, representative of the Annales School of historiography. ...

In 2000 a seminar in Timbuktoo (Mali), was followed by another gathering in Bologna to reflect on the conditions of reciprocal knowledge between East and West. This in turn gave rise to a series of conferences in Brussels, Paris, and Goa, culminating in Beijing in 2007. The topics of the Beijing conference were "Order and Disorder," "New Concepts of War and Peace," "Human Rights," and "Social Justice and Harmony." Eco presented the opening lecture. The following anthropologists gave presentations: from India (in:Balveer Arora, Varun Sahni, Rukmini Bhaya Nair); from Africa (Moussa Sow); from Europe (Roland Marti, fr:Maurice Olender); from Korea (CHA Insuk); from China (ch:HUANG Ping, ZHAO Tinyang). Also on the program were scholars from the domains of law or science: (Antoine Danchin, Ahmed Djebbar, de:Dieter Grimm). See also Timbuktu (novel) for the book by Paul Auster. ... Rukmini Bhaya Nair is a poet and a professor of Linguistics and English in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. ... Moussa Sow is a French-Senegalese football player born on January 19, 1986 in Mantes-la-Jolie. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ...

Eco's interest in East/West dialogue to facilitate international communication and understanding also correlates with his related interest in the international auxiliary language Esperanto. This article is about the language. ...


Eco's fiction has enjoyed a wide audience around the world, with good sales and many translations. His novels often include references to arcane historical figures and texts and his dense, intricate plots tend to take dizzying turns.

Eco employed his education as a medievalist in his novel The Name of the Rose, a historical mystery set in a 14th century monastery. Franciscan friar William of Baskerville, aided by his assistant Adso, a Benedictine novice, investigates a series of murders at a monastery that is set to host an important religious debate. Eco is particularly good at translating medieval religious controversies and heresies into modern political and economic terms so that the reader can appreciate their substance without being a theologian. The Name of the Rose was later made into a motion picture starring Sean Connery, F. Murray Abraham and Christian Slater. The Name of the Rose, a novel by Umberto Eco, is a murder mystery set in an Italian monastery in the year 1327. ... This 14th-century statue from south India depicts the gods Shiva (on the left) and Uma (on the right). ... Picture of the book in the binding provided by the Folio Society The Name of the Rose, a 1980 novel by Umberto Eco, is a murder mystery set in an Italian monastery in the year 1327 during the papacy of Pope John XXII. The book was also made into a... Heresy, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is a theological or religious opinion or doctrine maintained in opposition, or held to be contrary, to the ‘catholic’ or orthodox doctrine of the Christian Church, or, by extension, to that of any church, creed, or religious system, considered as orthodox. ... The Name of the Rose (original title, Der Name der Rose) is a 1986 film by Jean-Jacques Annaud, based on the book of the same name by Umberto Eco. ... Sir Thomas Sean Connery (born 25 August 1930) is a retired Scottish actor and producer who is perhaps best known as the first actor to portray James Bond in cinema, starring in seven Bond films. ... Fahrid Murray Abraham[1] (born October 24, 1939) is an American actor. ... Christian Slater(born August 18, 1969) is an American actor. ...

Foucault's Pendulum, Eco's second novel, has also sold well. In Foucault's Pendulum, three under-employed editors who work for a minor publishing house decide to amuse themselves by inventing a conspiracy theory. Their conspiracy, which they call "The Plan", is about an immense and intricate plot to take over the world by a secret order descended from the Knights Templar. As the game goes on, the three slowly become obsessed with the details of this plan. The game turns dangerous when outsiders learn of The Plan, and believe that the men have really discovered the secret to regaining the lost treasure of the Templars. Cover of Foucaults Pendulum, 1989 Picador edition. ... For other uses, see Knights Templar (disambiguation). ...

Eco's work illustrates the postmodernist concept of intertextuality, or the inter-connectedness of all literary works. His novels are full of subtle, often multilingual, references to literature and history. For instance, the character William of Baskerville is a logically-minded Englishman who is a monk and a detective, and his name evokes both William of Ockham and Sherlock Holmes (by way of The Hound of the Baskervilles). Eco cites James Joyce and Jorge Luis Borges as the two modern authors who have influenced his work the most (Source: 'On Literature'). Postmodernism (sometimes abbreviated pomo) is a term applied to a wide-ranging set of developments in critical theory, philosophy, architecture, art, literature, and culture, which are generally characterized as either emerging from, in reaction to, or superseding, modernism. ... Intertextuality is the shaping of texts meanings by other texts. ... Picture of the book in the binding provided by the Folio Society The Name of the Rose, a 1980 novel by Umberto Eco, is a murder mystery set in an Italian monastery in the year 1327 during the papacy of Pope John XXII. The book was also made into a... William of Ockham (also Occam or any of several other spellings, IPA: ) (c. ... A portrait of Sherlock Holmes by Sidney Paget from the Strand Magazine, 1891 Sherlock Holmes is a fictional detective of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, who first appeared in publication in 1887. ... The Hound of the Baskervilles is a crime novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, originally serialized in the Strand Magazine in 1901 and 1902, which is set largely on Dartmoor in 1889. ... This article is about the writer and poet. ... Borges redirects here. ...

Honorary doctorates

Since 1985, Umberto Eco has been awarded over thirty Honorary doctorates from various academic institutions worldwide, including the following: This article is about the year. ... An honorary degree (Latin: honoris causa ad gradum, not to be confused with an honors degree) is an academic degree awarded to an individual as a decoration, rather than as the result of matriculating and studying for several years. ...

1985 - Doctor Honoris Causa, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.
1986 - Doctor Honoris Causa, Odense University, Denmark.
1987 - Doctor Honoris Causa, Loyola University, Chicago.
1987 - Doctor Honoris Causa, State University of New York.
1987 - Doctor Honoris Causa, Royal College of Arts, London.
1988 - Doctor Honoris Causa, Brown University.
1989 - Doctor Honoris Causa, Université de Paris, Sorbonne Nouvelle.
1989 - Doctor Honoris Causa, Université de Liège.
1990 - Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Sofia.
1990 - Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Glasgow.
1990 - Doctor Honoris Causa, Unversidad Complutense de Madrid.
1992 - Doctor Honoris Causa, Kent University, Canterbury.
1993 - Doctor Honoris Causa, Indiana University.
1994 - Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Tel Aviv.
1994 - Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Buenos Aires.
1995 - Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Athens.
1995 - Doctor Honoris Causa, Laurentian University at Sudbury (Ontario.
1996 - Docotr Honoris Causa, Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw.
1996 - Docotr Honoris Causa, University of Tartu, Estonia.
1997 - Doctor Honoris Causa, Institut d'études politiques de Grenoble.
1997 - Doctor Honoris Causa, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha.
1998 - Doctor Honoris Causa, Lomonosov University of Moscow.
1998 - Doctor Honoris Causa, Freie Universität, Berlin.
2000 - Doctor Honoris Causa, Université du Québec à Montréal, Quebec.
2002 - Doctor Honoris Causa, Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
2002 - Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Siena, Siena.
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  1. ^ Don Bosco in Umberto Eco’s latest book N7: News publication for the salesian community p.4 June 2004
  2. ^ http://www.themodernword.com/eco/eco_biography.html
  3. ^ http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/ueco.htm



See also: 1979 in literature, other events of 1980, 1981 in literature, list of years in literature. ... The Name of the Rose, a novel by Umberto Eco, is a murder mystery set in an Italian monastery in the year 1327. ... See also: 1987 in literature, other events of 1988, 1989 in literature, list of years in literature. ... Cover of Foucaults Pendulum, 1989 Picador edition. ... See also: 1993 in literature, other events of 1994, 1995 in literature, list of years in literature. ... The Island of the Day Before is a novel by Umberto Eco. ... Baudolino is a 2000 novel by Umberto Eco about a young man named Baudolinos adventures in the known and mythical Christian world of the 12th century. ... Baudolino is a 2000 novel by Umberto Eco about a young man named Baudolinos adventures in the known and mythical Christian world of the 12th century. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... La Misteriosa Fiamma della Regina Loana (The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana) is a novel by Italian writer Umberto Eco. ...

Books on philosophy

Areas of philosophy Eco has written most about include semiotics, linguistics, aesthetics and morality. For other uses, see Philosophy (disambiguation). ... Semiotics, semiotic studies, or semiology is the study of signs and symbols, both individually and grouped into sign systems. ... For the journal, see Linguistics (journal). ... The Parthenons facade showing an interpretation of golden rectangles in its proportions. ... Morality (from the Latin manner, character, proper behaviour) has three principal meanings. ...

  • Il problema estetico in San Tommaso (1956 - English translation: The Aesthetics of Thomas Aquinas, 1988, Revised)
  • "Sviluppo dell'estetica medievale", in Momenti e problemi di storia dell'estetica (1959 - Art and Beauty in the Middle Ages, 1985)
  • Opera aperta (1962, rev. 1976 - English translation: The Open Work (1989)
  • Diario Minimo (1963 - English translation: Misreadings, 1993)
  • Apocalittici e integrati (1964 - Partial English translation: Apocalypse Postponed, 1994)
  • Le poetiche di Joyce (1965 - English translations: The Middle Ages of James Joyce, The Aesthetics of Chaosmos, 1989)
  • Il costume di casa (1973 - English translation: Travels in Hyperreality, Faith in Fakes, 1986)
  • Trattato di semiotica generale (1975 - English translation: A Theory of Semiotics, 1976)
  • Il Superuomo di massa (1976)
  • Dalla periferia dell'impero (1977)
  • Lector in fabula (1979)
  • The Role of the Reader: Explorations in the Semiotics of Texts (1979 - English edition containing essays from Opera aperta, Apocalittici e integrati, Forme del contenuto (1971), Il Superuomo di massa, Lector in Fabula).
  • Sette anni di desiderio (1983)
  • Postille al nome della rosa (1983 - English translation: Postscript to The Name of the Rose, 1984)
  • Semiotica e filosofia del linguaggio (1984 - English translation: Semiotics and the Philosophy of Language, 1984)
  • I limiti dell'interpretazione (1990 - The Limits of Interpretation, 1990)
  • Interpretation and Overinterpretation (1992 - with R. Rorty, J. Culler, C. Brooke-Rose; edited by S. Collini)
  • La ricerca della lingua perfetta nella cultura europea (1993 - English translation: The Search for the Perfect Language (The Making of Europe), 1995)
  • Six Walks in the Fictional Woods (1994)
  • Incontro - Encounter - Rencontre (1996 - in Italian, English, French)
  • In cosa crede chi non crede? (with Carlo Maria Martini), 1996 - English translation: Belief or Nonbelief?: A Dialogue, 2000)
  • Cinque scritti morali (1997 - English translation: Five Moral Pieces, 2001)
  • Kant e l'ornitorinco (1997 - English translation: Kant and the Platypus: Essays on Language and Cognition, 1999)
  • Serendipities: Language and Lunacy (1998)
  • How to Travel with a Salmon & Other Essays (1998 - Partial English translation of Il secondo diario minimo, 1994)
  • Experiences in Translation (2000)
  • On Literature (2004) (Sulla letteratura, 2003)
  • Mouse or Rat?: Translation as negotiation (2003)
  • Storia della bellezza (2004, co-edited with Girolamo de Michele - English translation: History of Beauty/On Beauty, 2004)
  • Storia della bruttezza (Bompiani, 2007)

Six Walks in the Fictional Woods is a book based on a series of lectures written by Umberto Eco for the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures at Harvard. ... His Eminence Carlo Maria Cardinal Martini, S.J. (born 15 February 1927) is an Italian clergyman. ... Kant and the Platypus : Essays on Language and Cognition (ISBN 015601159X) is a book by Umberto Eco which was published in Italian in 1997. ... Serendipities: Language and Lunacy (originally published in English, translated by William Weaver) is a 1998 book by Umberto Eco, discussing the history of linguistics and pre-modern and Early Modern concepts of a perfect language and the confusion of tongues, partly overlapping with the material presented in his 1993 La...


  • Come si fa una tesi di laurea (1977)

Books for children

(art by Eugenio Carmi)

  • La bomba e il generale (1966, Rev. 1988 - English translation: The Bomb and the General'
  • I tre cosmonauti (1966 - English translation: The Three Astronauts')
  • Gli gnomi di Gnu (1992)

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Umberto Eco (born January 5, 1932) is an Italian medievalist, philosopher and novelist, best known for his novel The Name of the Rose and his many essays.
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