The Philosophy of Umberto Eco
Edited by Sara G. Beardsworth and Randall E. Auxier
Volume XXXV in the Library of Living Philosophers series
The Philosophy of Umberto Eco stands out in the Library of Living Philosophers as the volume on the most interdisciplinary scholar to date and the most widely translated. The Italian philosopher’s name and works are well known in the humanities, both his philosophical and literary works being translated into fifteen or more languages. Eco is a founder of modern semiotics and widely known for his work in aesthetics and philosophy of language. He is also a leading figure in the emergence of postmodern literature, and is associated with cultural and mass communication studies. This volume includes Eco’s Intellectual Autobiography and the essay “Why Philosophy?” along with twenty-three critical essays by leading philosophers, and Eco’s replies to his critics.
Sarah G. Beardsworth was appointed Editor of the Library of Living Philosophers in 2015. She is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Her book Julia Kristeva: Psychoanalysis and Modernity received the honorable mention for the 2006 Goethe Award for Psychoanalytic Scholarship from the Canadian Psychological Association.
Randall E. Auxier served as Editor of the Library of Living Philosophers from 2001 to 2013. He is Professor of Philosophy at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and is the author of Time, Will, and Purpose: Living Ideas from the Philosophy of Josiah Royce (2013).