Italian Writer and Semiotician Umberto Eco Dies

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Italian Writer and Semiotician Umberto Eco Dies

Umberto Eco, the Italian writer famous for the novels The Name of the Rose and Foucault's Pendulum, passed away on February 19, 2016, at the age of 84.

Eco was the recipient of the Premio Strega, Italy's most prestigious literary award, was named a Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur by the French government, and was an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

He was born in Alessandria in northwest Italy and studied medieval philosophy and literature at the University of Turin. Although Eco was probably best known for his novels, he wrote and taught philosophy for many years, exploring such disciplines as semiotics and linguistics, among others. His novel, The Name of the Rose was adapted into a film starring Sean Connery.

He held positions at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Northwestern, Cambridge, Oxford and the University of Bologna.

"I am a philosopher; I write novels only on the weekends".  "As a philosopher I am interested in truth. Since it is very difficult to decide what's true or not I discovered that it's easier to arrive at truth through the analysis of fakes."