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The Resource Serendipities : language & lunacy, Umberto Eco ; translated by William Weaver

Serendipities : language & lunacy, Umberto Eco ; translated by William Weaver

Label
Serendipities : language & lunacy
Title
Serendipities
Title remainder
language & lunacy
Statement of responsibility
Umberto Eco ; translated by William Weaver
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • ita
  • eng
Summary
Best-selling author Umberto Eco's latest work unlocks the riddles of history in an exploration of the "linguistics of the lunatic," stories told by scholars, scientists, poets, fanatics, and ordinary people in order to make sense of the world. Exploring the "Force of the False," Eco uncovers layers of mistakes that have shaped human history, such as Columbus's assumption that the world was much smaller than it is, leading him to seek out a quick route to the East via the West and thus fortuitously "discovering" America. The fictions that grew up around the cults of the Rosicrucians and Knights Templar were the result of a letter from a mysterious "Prester John"--Undoubtedly a hoax--that provided fertile ground for a series of delusions and conspiracy theories based on religious, ethnic, and racial prejudices. While some false tales produce new knowledge (like Columbus's discovery of America) and others create nothing but horror and shame (the Rosicrucian story wound up fueling European anti-Semitism) they are all powerfully persuasive. In a careful unraveling of the fabulous and the false, Eco shows us how serendipities--unanticipated truths--often spring from mistaken ideas. From Leibniz's belief that the I Ching illustrated the principles of calculus to Marco Polo's mistaking a rhinoceros for a unicorn, Eco tours the labyrinth of intellectual history, illuminating the ways in which we project the familiar onto the strange. Eco uncovers a rich history of linguistic endeavor--much of it ill-conceived--that sought to "heal the wound of Babel." Through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Greek, Hebrew, Chinese, and Egyptian
Member of
Cataloging source
N$T
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Eco, Umberto
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Italian Academy lectures
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Language and languages
  • Intercultural communication
  • Langage et langues
  • Communication interculturelle
  • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES
  • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES
  • Intercultural communication
  • Language and languages
  • Serendipiteit
  • Linguistic Theories
  • Linguistics, Communication Studies
  • Philosophy of Language
Label
Serendipities : language & lunacy, Umberto Eco ; translated by William Weaver
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 117-119) 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
  • Force of falsity
  • Languages in paradise
  • From Marco Polo to Leibniz : stories of intellectual misunderstandings
  • Language of the Austral Land
  • Linguistics of Joseph de Maistre
Control code
ocm51952301
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 129 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780231500142
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.7312/ecou11134
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 18a779ad-a4d2-4a1b-805e-ca351cec9b59
  • 22573/ctt6qth13
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)51952301
Label
Serendipities : language & lunacy, Umberto Eco ; translated by William Weaver
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 117-119) 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
  • Force of falsity
  • Languages in paradise
  • From Marco Polo to Leibniz : stories of intellectual misunderstandings
  • Language of the Austral Land
  • Linguistics of Joseph de Maistre
Control code
ocm51952301
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (ix, 129 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780231500142
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.7312/ecou11134
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 18a779ad-a4d2-4a1b-805e-ca351cec9b59
  • 22573/ctt6qth13
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)51952301

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