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X-1, 2018. Eco and Pragmatism

Deadline for submission: August 20th, 2017

Guest Editor: Claudio Paolucci


EJPAP shall devote a special issue of the journal to Umberto Eco’s pragmatism.

As is known, the relation with Pragmatism was at the core of Eco’s aesthetics, semiotics, epistemology, and it was also a pivotal feature of his theory of culture as developed in over fifty years of philosophical and non-philosophical work.

Eco’s philosophy and semiotics were inspired by C.S. Peirce’s pragmatism, and his theoretical debts to Peirce are scattered throughout his work. Moreover, his entire theoretical production shows an unequivocal pragmatist mark, and many of his considerations on meaning, text, and interpretation have recognizable pragmatist outcomes.

Therefore, EJPAP welcomes the submission of papers dealing with the following topics:

Eco, Peirce, and Pragmatism
As said, throughout his many writings Eco often took Peirce’s thought as a point of reference. Moreover, and perhaps even more interestingly, Eco’s considerations embody insightful reassessments or new formulations of pragmatist themes. Thus, EJPAP welcomes the submission of papers on the relation between Eco and the pragmatist philosophers he took inspiration from. Papers on Eco’s pragmatist answers to the various philosophical problems are welcomed as well.

Aesthetics and Pragmatism
In his philosophical autobiography, Eco reminded that the reading of Dewey’s Art and Experience represented a fundamental experience for him, since it fostered his departure from Croce’s aesthetics, which was prevailing at that time. EJPAP welcomes contributions investigating the relation between Aesthetics and Pragmatism, with reference to Eco’s philosophical and non-philosophical work alike.

Interpretation, Action, and Cognition
The most important feature of the relation between Eco’s thought and pragmatist philosophy probably hinges on Eco dialogue with Peirce’s over the issues of interpretation and cognition. According to Eco, as well to Peirce, thinking and knowing are complex forms of mediated action, performed thanks to the filtering of interpretants. Papers on the relation between action, interpretation and cognition are thus welcomed – in particular, papers focused on the relation between Pragmatism and Semiotics.

Textuality, Translation, and Interpretation
In virtue of the pivotal relevance of the category of “mediation”, interpreted as a “sign”, Eco put a lot of effort into the elaboration of a textual pragmatics inspired by pragmatism. Books as Lector in fab fi (5

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