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Five Moral Pieces: Book by Umberto Eco

Five Moral Pieces

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ISBN: 9780099276968    Publisher: Random House Year of publishing: 2010     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 128        Language: English
Embracing the web of multi-culturalism that has become a fact of contemporary life from New York to New Delhi, Eco argues that we are more connected to people of other traditions and customs than ever...Read more
Embracing the web of multi-culturalism that has become a fact of contemporary life from New York to New Delhi, Eco argues that we are more connected to people of other traditions and customs than ever before, making tolerance the ultimate value in today's world. What good, he asks in a talk delivered during the Gulf War, does war do in a world where the flow of goods, services, and information is unstoppable, and the enemy is always behind the lines?

What makes news today, who decides how it will be disseminated contribute to the widespread disillusionment with politics in general?

In the most personal of the essays, Eco recalls experiencing liberation from fascism in Italy as a boy, and examines the various historical forms of fascism, always with an eye toward such ugly manifestations today. And finally, in an intensely personal open letter to an Italian Cardinal, Eco reflects on a question underlying all the reflections in the book - what does it mean to be moral or ethical when one doesn't believe in God? As thoughtful and subtle as they are pragmatic and relevant, these essays present one of the world's most important thinkers at the height of his critical powe
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About the author: Umberto Eco
Umberto Eco is the author of three bestselling novels, The Name of The Rose, Foucault's Pendulum, and The Island of The Day Before. His collections of essays... Read more
Umberto Eco is the author of three bestselling novels, The Name of The Rose, Foucault's Pendulum, and The Island of The Day Before. His collections of essays also include Five Moral Pieces, Kant and the Platypus, Serendipities, Travels In Hyperreality, and How To Travel With a Salmon and Other Essays. A Professor of Semiotics at the University of Bologna, Umberto Eco lives in Italy.
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Review:
A big hitter takes on big ethical issues... Eco sits himself down in the modern marketplace and notices what is really going on" The Times "For the sheer depth and clarity of his learning and...Read more
A big hitter takes on big ethical issues... Eco sits himself down in the modern marketplace and notices what is really going on" The Times "For the sheer depth and clarity of his learning and wisdom, Eco has no living rival" Harpers & Queen "Eco is one of the most influential thinkers of our time" Los Angeles Times "Cogently argued and periodically sparkles with the kind of wit and insight that readers have come to expect from one of Italy's brightest minds" Library Journal
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