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Serendipities : Language And Lunacy - Umberto Eco


Language And Lunacy

Paperback Published: 3rd February 2000
ISBN: 9780753808788
Number Of Pages: 176

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SERENDIPITIES is an iconoclastic, dazzlingly erudite and witty demonstration, by one of the world's most brilliant thinkers, of how myths and lunacies can produce historical developments of no small significance. In Eco's words, 'even errors can produce interesting side effects'. Eco's book shows how: -- believers in a flat earth helped Columbus accidentally discover America -- the medieval myth of Prester John, the Christian king in Asia, assisted the European drive eastward -- the myth of the Rosicrucians affected the Masons, leading in turn to the widespread belief in a Jewish masonic plot to dominate the world and other forms of paranoid anti-Semitism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries

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"Examines, with wit and elegance, some of the many cases in which a mistaken belief has led to a sound result . . . Delightful."-The Atlantic Monthly "Rich in historical anecdotes . . . Throughout, his treatments are informative, intellectually sophisticated, and thoroughly entertaining."-Library Journal

prefacep. vii
Serendipitiesp. 0
The Force of Falsityp. 1
Languages in Paradisep. 23
From Marco Polo to Leibniz Stories of Intellectual Misunderstandingsp. 53
The Language of the Austral Landp. 75
The Linguistics of Joseph de Maistrep. 95
Notesp. 115
Indexp. 119
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ISBN: 9780753808788
ISBN-10: 0753808781
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 3rd February 2000
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.17
Edition Number: 1