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Umberto Eco and studies in western esotericism

In the text works of well-known Italian semiotican Umberto Eco are considered through the prism of contemporary researches in Western esotericism. The idea of the so-called „hermetic semiosis” is explored by Eco in several of his works published after the 1980’s: Limits of Interpretation, Kant e l’ornitorinco, Interpretation and Overinterpretation, Serendipities, Six Walks in the Fictional Woods, etc. But its roots lie in Eco's early writings, directly in his semiotic theory. Eco has his own view regarding the formation of the whole of esotericism, which has expressed in a special perception of esoteric texts. From this perspective, Eco’s works seem to be not only semiotical in their essence, but also touch on the history of religious ideas and on the hermeneutics of heterodox texts.