Umberto Eco

1932 (Alessandria, Italy) – 2016 (Milan)

Pareyson and Abbagnano taught Eco; Vattimo was a fellow-student. Eco’s long friendship with Berio started when both worked for the Italian state broadcaster, RAI. Hobsbawm and Putnam were academic colleagues-in-arms. Eco held Calvino in high regard, corresponded with Quine, conversed with Wilson, and described Barthes as “my dear friend.”