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The story Umberto Eco tells ranges widely, from the writings of Augustine, Dante, Descartes, and Rousseau, arcane treaties on cabbalism and magic, to the history of the study of language and its origins. To this subtle exposition of a history of extraordinary, complexity, the author links the associated history of the manner in which the sounds of language and concepts have been written and symbolized. Lucidly and wittily written, the book is a tour de force of scholarly detection and cultural interpretation, providing a series of original perspectives on two thousand years of European History.
|Series Editor's Preface|
|1||From Adam to Confusio Linguarum||7|
|2||The Kabbalistic Pansemioticism||25|
|3||The Perfect Language of Dante||34|
|4||The Ars Magna of Raymond Lull||53|
|5||The Monogenetic Hypothesis and the Mother Tongues||73|
|6||Kabbalism and Lullism in Modern Culture||117|
|7||The Perfect Language of Images||144|
|10||A Priori Philosophical Languages||209|
|14||From Leibniz to the Encyclopedie||269|
|15||Philosophic Language from the Enlightenment to Today||293|
|16||The International Auxiliary Languages||317|
Posted April 29, 2009
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