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The search for the perfect language

Author: Umberto Eco
Publisher: Oxford, UK ; Cambridge, Mass., USA : Blackwell, 1997.
Series: Making of Europe.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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, mystics  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Umberto Eco
ISBN: 0631205101 9780631205104
OCLC Number: 37148571
Description: x, 385 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: From Adam to Confusio Linguarum --
The Kabbalistic Pansemioticism --
The perfect language of Dante --
The Ars Magna of Raymond Lull --
The monogenetic hypothesis and the mother tongues --
Kabbalism and Lullism in modern culture --
The perfect language of images --
Magic language --
Polygraphies --
A Priori philosophical languages --
George Dalgarno --
John Wilkins --
Francis Lodwick --
From Leibniz to the Encyclopedie --
Philosophic language from the enlightenment to today --
The international auxiliary languages
Series Title: Making of Europe.
Other Titles: Ricerca della lingua perfetta nella cultura europea.
Responsibility: Umberto Eco ; translated by James Fentress.

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"This is as much a history of the study of language and its origins as it is a tour de force pursuit using scholarly detection and cultural interpretation, thus providing a series of original Read more...

 
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