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This collection celebrates the founding of the Semiotics Society of America. The ten essays cover various aspects of semiotics, ranging from its medical foundations to philosophical concerns, logic, the arts, and social science perspectives. The title echoes a remark by the great American founder of the modern theory of signs, C. S. Peirce, who argued that the entire universe is perfused with signs, if not composed exclusively of them. Accordingly, the theme that runs through this endeavor is that of global unity underlying variety, and a spirit of ecumenicalism that, more and more, characterizes contemporary semiotics. However, the specific ways in which signs function in the different arts and sciences are also clearly brought out. Contributors are Diana Agrest, Paul Bouissac, Mario Gandelsonas, Henry Hiz, James D. Meltzer, Jean-Jacques Nattiez, Erik Schwimmer, Thomas A. Sebeok, Harley C. Shands, Edward Stankie-wicz, Rulon Wells, and J. Jay Zeman.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title Page
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  1. Contributors
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Epigraph
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
  2. Thomas A. Sebeok
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  1. 1. Criteria for Semiosis
  2. Rulon S. Wells
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  1. 2. Peirce’s Theory of Signs
  2. J. Jay Zeman
  3. pp. 22-39
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  1. 3. Logical Basis of Semiotics
  2. Henry Hіż
  3. pp. 40-53
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  1. 4. Poetics and Verbal Art
  2. Edward Stankiewicz
  3. pp. 54-76
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  1. 5. Unexpected Semiotic Implications of Medical Inquiry
  2. Harley C. Shands, James D. Meltzer, Rulon S. Wells
  3. pp. 77-89
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  1. 6. Semiotics and the Limits of Architecture
  2. Diana Agrest, Mario Gandelsonas
  3. pp. 90-120
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  1. 7. The Contribution of Musical Semiotics to the Semiotic Discussion in General
  2. Jean-Jacques Nattiez
  3. pp. 121-142
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  1. 8. Semiotics and Spectacles: The Circus Institution and Representations
  2. Paul Bouissac
  3. pp. 143-152
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  1. 9. Semiotics and Culture
  2. Erik Schwimmer
  3. pp. 153-179
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  1. 10. Ecumenicalism in Semiotics
  2. Thomas A. Sebeok
  3. pp. 180-206
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  1. Index of Names
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253050915
MARC Record
OCLC
1259585941
Launched on MUSE
2021-07-11
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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