Kant and the Platypus: Essays on Language and Cognition

by Umberto Eco, Alastair McEwen

How do we know a cat is acat?

  • Paperback
  • Pages: 480 pages
  • Average Rating: 3.78 out of 5
  • Published November 9th 2000 by Mariner Books
  • Original Title: Kant e l'ornitorinco
  • ISBN: 015601159X (ISBN13: 9780156011594)
  • Edition Language: English

How do we know a cat is a cat? And why do we call it a cat? How much of our perception of things is based on cognitive ability, and how much on linguistic resources? Here, in six remarkable essays, Umberto Eco explores in depth questions of reality, perception, and experience. Basing his ideas on common sense, Eco shares a vast wealth of literary and historical knowledge, touching on issues that affect us every day. At once philosophical and amusing, Kant and the Platypus is a tour of the world of our senses, told by a master of knowing what is real and what is not.