“Books are not meant to be believed, but to be subjected to inquiry. When we consider a book, we mustn’t ask ourselves what it says but what it means…”
“Because learning does not consist only of knowing what we must or we can do, but also of knowing what we could do and perhaps should not do.”
― Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose
Today, we not only lost the extraordinady Harper Lee but also Umberto Eco, one of the finest authors and one of the most important thinkers of the twentieth century. Novelist, philosopher, essayist, semiotician and literary critic, in which his best known work is, of couse, “The Name of the Rose” (Il nome della rosa). Umberto Eco was very well known for its playful use of language and symbols.
Umberto Eco was one of the most respected intellectuals of the world, he had a luminous intelligence and encyclopedic knowledge and even though that I did not always agreed in his opinions (specially about internet and social networks) it was always very interesting to read his books about literature and philosophy.
Some Trivia: Doctor Honoris Causa in more than 30 universities around the world, Eco directed the school of human sciences at Bologna University.
A polyglot, he was also the honorary president of the International Centre of Semiotics and Cognitive Studies at the University of San Marino and a member of Unesco’s International Forum.
Rest in Peace, Umberto Eco