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Umberto Eco

Umberto Eco in 2005.
Full name Umberto Eco
Born 5 January 1932(1932-01-05)
Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy
Died 19 February 2016(2016-02-19) (aged 84)[1]
Milan, Italy
Era 20th / 21st-century philosophy
Region Western Philosophy
School Continental philosophy
Main interests Semiotics
Notable ideas The "open work" (opera aperta), the "intention of the reader" ("intentio lectoris"), the "limits" of interpretation

Umberto Eco (5 January 1932 – 19 February 2016) was an Italian writer and professor of medieval history in Bologna.

Eco was born in 1932 in Northern Italy. As a student, he studied philosophy, history, literature, and educational sciences. He finished his studies in 1954 with a doctoral thesis about Thomas Aquinas. In 1962, he married.

His career as a writer began with The Name of the Rose in 1980.


Eco was born on 5 January 1932 in Alessandria. His family had 13 sons. He studied philosophy and humanities at the University of Turin. He received a Ph.D. there.

Eco worked as a professor in different centres. Starting in 1971, he held the chair of semiotics at the University of Bologna. (At a university, a "chair" is the highest rank a professor can earn.) He was also given honorary degrees by thirty different universities.

He had been named satrap of the pataphysics for his humourous works. One of his most important books is How to Travel with a Salmon.

He was a member of UNESCO's Council of Sages. In 2000, he received the Princess of Asturias Award for Communications and Humanities.

Eco worked in the mass media as well, creating cultural programs.[2] His interests were the Middle Ages, languages, and the classical. He was also an expert about James Bond.

On 19 February 2016, Eco died at his home in Milan, Italy, of pancreatic cancer. He was 84.[2]

More famous works


Other works

  • Opera Aperta
  • Minimal Diary
  • Kant and the Ornithorhynchus
  • Semiotics and philosophy of the language
  • The firm
  • Art and Beauty in the Medieval Aesthetic
  • The Limits of Interpretation
  • Six Walks for the Narrative Forests
  • Lector in fabula
  • Apocalyptics and Integrates
  • On Literature
  • Searching the Perfect Language
  • History of Beauty
  • On Ugliness

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