A paso de cangrejo: Artículos, reflexiones y decepciones, 2000-2006 [NOOK Book]


A paso de cangrejo -es decir, hacia atr?s- es como parece caminar la historia en este nuevo milenio. Todos los avances cient?ficos y los progresos democr?ticos que auguraban un espl?ndido futuro se han convertido en conflictos e insatisfacciones. El mundo no va bien.

Contra esta inquietante situaci?n lanza Umberto Eco sus afilados dardos, sus reflexiones. Tras el 11 de septiembre, la humanidad ha entrado en una peligrosa regresi?n. Vuelven los...
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A paso de cangrejo: Artículos, reflexiones y decepciones, 2000-2006

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A paso de cangrejo -es decir, hacia atrás- es como parece caminar la historia en este nuevo milenio. Todos los avances científicos y los progresos democráticos que auguraban un espléndido futuro se han convertido en conflictos e insatisfacciones. El mundo no va bien.

Contra esta inquietante situación lanza Umberto Eco sus afilados dardos, sus reflexiones. Tras el 11 de septiembre, la humanidad ha entrado en una peligrosa regresión. Vuelven los viejos conflictos territoriales, las guerras medievales con denominación de «cruzada», la nostalgia por los totalitarismos, el antisemitismo y otras formas múltiples de racismo. En muchos lugares del mundo, algunos siguen empeñados en combatir las tesis evolutivas de Darwin. Partiendo de la actitud del gran jurista y politólogo italiano Norberto Bobbio, que enunció los deberes del sabio -«El deber de los hombres de cultura es hoy más que nunca sembrar dudas, no ya recoger certezas»-, Eco arremete, entre otros asuntos, contra la forma de vida contemporánea, las guerras, la política internacional y el consumo en las grandes superficies como único espacio de ocio posible, sin olvidar el nefasto papel de los medios de comunicación, empeñados en construir una imagen del mundo basada en el espectáculo y la manipulación. El resultado es un libro intenso y combativo cargado de lúcidos análisis sobre el escenario que nos rodea. Una invitación de Eco a pensar sobre el presente y el futuro.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788483069332
  • Publisher: Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial España
  • Publication date: 10/15/2010
  • Language: Spanish
  • Series: DEBATE
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,224,168
  • File size: 543 KB

Meet the Author

Umberto Eco
Umberto Eco
Few cultural critics and novelists carry the scholarly heft of Umberto Eco, who was a noted historian and semiotician before he brought these sensibilites to bear on major novels such as The Name of the Rose and Foucault's Pendulum. Whether he is deconstructing modern wax museums or spinning a 13th-century tale, he is always clever, stately and profound.


Back in the 1970s, long before the cyberpunk era or the Internet boom, an Italian academic was dissecting the elements of codes, information exchange and mass communication. Umberto Eco, chair of semiotics at the University of Bologna, developed a widely influential theory that continues to inform studies in linguistics, philosophy, anthropology, cultural studies and critical theory.

Most readers, however, had never heard of him before the 1980 publication of The Name of the Rose, a mystery novel set in medieval Italy. Dense with historical and literary allusions, the book was a surprise international hit, selling millions of copies in dozens of languages. Its popularity got an additional boost when it was made into a Hollywood movie starring Sean Connery. Eco followed his first bestseller with another, Foucault's Pendulum, an intellectual thriller that interweaves semiotic theory with a twisty tale of occult texts and world conspiracy.

Since then, Eco has shifted topics and genres with protean agility, producing fiction, academic texts, criticism, humor columns and children's books. As a culture critic, his interests encompass everything from comic books to computer operating systems, and he punctures avant-garde elitism and mass-media vacuity with equal glee.

More recently, Eco has ventured into a new field: ethics. Belief or Nonbelief? is a thoughtful exchange of letters on religion and ethics between Eco and Carlo Maria Martini, the Roman Catholic cardinal of Milan; Five Moral Pieces is a timely exploration of the concept of justice in an increasingly borderless world.

Eco also continues to write books on language, literature and semiotics for both popular and academic audiences. His efforts have netted him a pile of honorary degrees, the French Legion of Honor, and a place among the most widely read and discussed thinkers of our time.

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Eco is a professor of semiotics at the University of Bologna, though in 2002 he was at Oxford University as a visiting lecturer. He has also taught at several top universities in the U.S., including Columbia, Harvard, Yale, and Northwestern.

Pressured by his father to become a lawyer, Eco studied law at the University of Turn before abandoning that course (against his father's wishes) and pursuing medieval philosophy and literature.

His studies led naturally to the setting of The Name of the Rose in the medieval period. The original tentative title was Murder in the Abbey.

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    1. Hometown:
      Bologna, Italy
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 5, 1932
    2. Place of Birth:
      Alessandria, Italy
    1. Education:
      Ph.D., University of Turin, 1954

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