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The Limits of Interpretation

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"Eco's essays read like letters from a friend, trying to share something he loves with someone he likes.... Read this brilliant, enjoyable, and possibly revolutionary book." --George J. Leonard, San Francisco Review of Books

..". a wealth of insight and instruction." --J. O. Tate, National Review

"If anyone can make [semiotics] clear, it's Professor Eco.... Professor Eco's t
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Published January 1st 1991 by Indiana University Press (first published 1990)
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Kdybych hodnotila odborné knihy a ne pouze beletrii, tak bych dala MI pět hvězdiček. Eco dokáže napsat přednášku tak, že připomíná sci-fi povídku.

Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teoría, ensayos
Una serie de juegos dialécticos con los que Eco reflexiona sobre las intenciones de autor y lector, y también el texto de forma autónoma, a la hora de interpretarlo.

Es una lectura muy académica pero, aun para los no interesados en la semiótica, recomiendo "El autor y sus intérpretes", texto en el que Eco usa como referencia algunas interpretaciones que se han hecho de sus novelas para ejemplificar todas las posibilidades de este análisis.
Micah Neely
The aim of this book as delineated in the introduction and second essay--Hermetic Drift vs. Unlimited Semiosis--is of the highest order and utmost importance. This is an approach that avoids both the simplistic temptations of radical deconstruction and the positivistic enforcement of meaning, but Eco feels free to draw on thinkers on either side of that slope. Because Eco thinks deeply and avoids nominalistic obfuscation, this is not an easy read. I'd like to see a more focused approach, but tha ...more
Kirk Lowery
This book is a collection of 15 essays grouped around the subject: "Is there any limitation to how a reader may interpret a text?" Eco's answer is "yes." If nothing else, one may find -- not always easily! -- what the text may NOT mean. Some of the articles are an easy read, for Eco is an entertaining essayist. Some of them deal with technical discussions of semiotic processes and issues in the philosophy of language. A background in linguistics, history of Western philosophy and civilization in ...more
Robert Holm
A collection of very technical, very boring, essays of interest to no one but highly specialized semioticians. This is the kind of stuff that contains page after page of "equations" and carefully untranslated quotations in at least four or five different languages. You've been warned. The only exceptions were "Abduction in Uqbar," which was mildly interesting, and "On Truth: A Fiction," which, since it was written as a short story, was at least readable.

As to the important question of whether th
Etienne Mahieux
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Typique de la méthode d'Eco, qui reconfigure des interventions variées en un ouvrage ordonné. Chaque essai garde ainsi son indépendance et révèle son lot de surprise (évoquons un certain dialogue entre un ordinateur et un Terrien astucieusement déguisé en machine électronique...
Filippo Ulivieri
Troppo discontinuo: nella seconda metà i saggi si concentrano su aspetti che ho trovato marginali e troppo di dettaglio rispetto alla teoria dell'interpretazione che cercavo.
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