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Charles S. Peirce's Philosophy of Signs

Essays in Comparative Semiotics

Gérard Deledalle

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Charles S. Peirce's Philosophy of Signs
Essays in Comparative Semiotics
Gérard Deledalle

Peirce's semiotics and metaphysics compared to the thought of other leading philosophers.

"This is essential reading for anyone who wants to find common ground between the best of American semiotics and better-known European theories. Deledalle has done more than anyone else to introduce Peirce to European audiences, and now he sends Peirce home with some new flare." -- Nathan Houser, Director, Peirce Edition Project

Charles S. Peirce's Philosophy of Signs examines Peirce's philosophy and semiotic thought from a European perspective, comparing the American's unique views with a wide variety of work by thinkers from the ancients to moderns. Parts I and II deal with the philosophical paradigms which are at the root of Peirce's new theory of signs, pragmatic and social. The main concepts analyzed are those of "sign" and "semiosis" and their respective trichotomies; formally in the case of "sign," in time in the case of semiosis. Part III is devoted to comparing Peirce's theory of semiotics as a form of logic to the work of other philosophers, including Bertrand Russell, Wittgenstein, Frege, Philodemus, Lady Welby, Saussure, Morris, Jakobson, and Marshall McLuhan. Part IV compares Peirce's "scientific metaphysics" with European metaphysics.

Gérard Deledalle holds the Doctorate in Philosophy from the Sorbonne. A research scholar at Columbia University and Attaché at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris, he has also been Professor of Philosophy and Head of the Philosophy Department of the universities of Tunis, Perpignan, and Libreville. In 1990 he received the Herbert W. Schneider Award "for distinguished contributions to the understanding and development of American philosophy. In 2001, he was appointed vice-president of the Charles S. Peirce Society.


Introduction -- Peirce Compared: Directions for Use

Part I -- Semeiotic as Philosophy
Peirce's New Philosophical Paradigms
Peirce's Philosophy of Semeiotic
Peirce's First Pragmatic Papers (1877-1878)
The Postscriptum of 1893

Part II -- Semeiotic as Semiotics
Sign: Semiosis and Representamen -- Semiosis and Time
Sign: The Concept and Its Use -- Reading as Translation

Part III -- Comparative Semiotics
Semiotics and Logic: A Reply to Jerzy Pelc
Semeiotic and Greek Logic: Peirce and Philodemus
Semeiotic and Significs: Peirce and Lady Welby
Semeiotic and Semiology: Peirce and Saussure
Semeiotic and Semiotics: Peirce and Morris
Semeiotic and Linguistics: Peirce and Jakobson
Semeiotic and Communication: Peirce and McLuhan
Semeiotic and Epistemology: Peirce, Frege, and Wittgenstein

Part IV -- Comparative Metaphysics
Gnoseology -- Perceiving and Knowing: Peirce, Wittgenstein, and Gestalttheorie
Ontology -- Transcendentals "of" or "without" Being: Peirce versus Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas
Cosmology -- Chaos and Chance within Order and Continuity: Peirce between Plato and Darwin
Theology -- The Reality of God: Peirce's Triune God and the Church's Trinity
Conclusion -- Peirce: A Lateral View

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Existential Semiotics

Eero Tarasti

Existential semiotics involves an a priori state of signs and their fixation into objective entities. These essays define this new philosophical field.

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Handbook of Semiotics

Winfried Nöth

"This is the most systematic discussion of semiotics yet published." -- Choice

"A bravura performance." -- Thomas Sebeok

"Nöth's handbook is an outstanding encyclopedia that provides first-rate information on many facets of sign-related studies, research results, and applications." -- Social Sciences in General

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Reading Eco

An Anthology

Edited by Rocco Capozzi

"[READING ECO is a timely indication] of the fruitfulness of perceiving Eco as the same in his metamorphoses. [It also testifies] to a certain price that Eco and his readers must/may pay for the enormous pleasure and intellectual stimulus of being Eco and being with Eco." —The Comparatist

Umberto Eco is, quite simply, a genius. He is a renowned medievalist, philosopher, novelist, a popular journalist, and linguist. He is as warm and witty as he is learned—and quite probably the best-known academic and novelist in the world today. The goal of this anthology is to examine his ideas of literary semiotics and interpretation as evidenced both in his scholarly work and in his fiction.

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A Theory of Semiotics

Umberto Eco

"... the greatest contribution to [semiotics] since the pioneering work of C. S. Peirce and Charles Morris." —Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism

"... draws on philosophy, linguistics, sociology, anthropology and aesthetics and refers to a wide range of scholarship... raises many fascinating questions." —Language in Society

"... a major contribution to the field of semiotic studies." —Robert Scholes, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism

"... the most significant text on the subject published in the English language that I know of." —Arthur Asa Berger, Journal of Communication

Eco’s treatment demonstrates his mastery of the field of semiotics. It focuses on the twin problems of the doctrine of signs—communication and signification—and offers a highly original theory of sign production, including a carefully wrought typology of signs and modes of production.

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Vico, Metaphor, and the Origin of Language

Marcel Danesi

"... serious scholars of Vico as well as glottogeneticists will find much of value in this excellent monograph." -- New Vico Studies

"... a provocative, well-researched argument which might find reapplication in the fields of anthropology, semiotics, archeology, psychology or even philosophy." -- Theological Book Review

Danesi returns to the work of the 18th-century Italian philosopher Giambattista Vico to create a persuasive, original account of the evolution and development of language, one of the deep mysteries of human existence. The Vichian reconstruction of the origin of language is described at length, then evaluated in light of contemporary research in the cognitive, social, and biological sciences.


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