The Original and the Copy

  • Umberto Eco
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science book series (BSPS, volume 130)


It seems that in terms of natural language everybody knows what a fake, a forgery or false document is. At most, one admits that it is frequently difficult to recognize a forgery as such, but one relies on experts, that is, on those who are able to recognize forgeries simply because they know how to tell the difference between a fake and its original.


Sixteenth Century Good Faith Unique Object Temporal Priority False Identification 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Umberto Eco
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  1. 1.University of BolognaItaly

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