Whose Is the MVI?

Who is the greatest intellectual of our time? My vote goes to Umberto Eco. Look at the range of fields in which he has done serious and important work: semiotics, medieval studies, Joyce scholarship, film criticism, literary criticism, aesthetics, philosophy of language, and a whole string of excellent novels. (And I'm probably missing a few items.)

Any other votes?


  1. It's a good choice. Relatedly, a couple years ago my son had to write a paper on a "modern renaissance man." I put him on to Ricky Jay.


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