The Search for the Perfect Language / Edition 1

The Search for the Perfect Language / Edition 1

by Umberto Eco
     
 

ISBN-10: 0631174656

ISBN-13: 9780631174653

Pub. Date: 11/07/1995

Publisher: Wiley

The idea that there once existed a language which perfectly and unambiguously expressed the essence of all possible things and concepts has occupied the minds of philosophers, theologians, and mystics for at least two millennia. This book investigates the history of that idea, and of its profound influence on European thought, culture and history. From the Dark Ages…  See more details below

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The idea that there once existed a language which perfectly and unambiguously expressed the essence of all possible things and concepts has occupied the minds of philosophers, theologians, and mystics for at least two millennia. This book investigates the history of that idea, and of its profound influence on European thought, culture and history. From the Dark Ages to the Renaissance it was widely believed that the language spoken in the Garden of Eden was just such a language, and that all current languages were its decadent descendents from the catastrpohes of the Fall and at Babel. Eco demonstrates the relation between language and identity, and describes, for example, how and why the Irish, English, Germans and Swedes have variously claimed their languages as closest to the original.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631174653
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/07/1995
Series:
Making of Europe Series
Pages:
396
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface
Introduction1
1From Adam to Confusio Linguarum7
2The Kabbalistic Pansemioticism25
3The Perfect Language of Dante34
4The Ars Magna of Raymond Lull53
5The Monogenetic Hypothesis and the Mother Tongues73
6Kabbalism and Lullism in Modern Culture117
7The Perfect Language of Images144
8Magic Language178
9Polygraphies194
10A Priori Philosophical Languages209
11George Dalgarno228
12John Wilkins238
13Francis Lodwick260
14From Leibniz to the Encyclopedie269
15Philosophic Language from the Enlightenment to Today293
16The International Auxiliary Languages317
17Conclusion337
Notes354
Bibliography355
Index372

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