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The Varieties of Transcendence$
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Hermann Deuser, Hans Joas, Matthias Jung, and Magnus Schlette

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823267576

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823267576.001.0001

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A Brief History of Theosemiotic

A Brief History of Theosemiotic

From Scotus through Peirce and Beyond

(p.142) A Brief History of Theosemiotic
The Varieties of Transcendence

Michael L. Raposa

Fordham University Press

This chapter offers a brief history of theosemiotic in order to elucidate its pragmatic character, focusing on the ideas of Duns Scotus and Charles Sanders Peirce. According to the theosemiotic perspective, the world is perfused with signs. For Peirce, a sign mediates between object and interpretant, bringing them into relation, an explicitly semiotic relation in which the latter comes to signify the former. Each interpretant is thus a sign with some previous sign as its immediate object while also referring in a mediated fashion to what that previous sign signifies. This chapter considers how the concept of the interpretant allows Peirce to understand human behavior as consisting of various forms of interpretation, thus participating in an infinitely ongoing process of semiosis. It shows that Peirce's semiotic concept of the world as a complex web of significant relations has predecessors in the middle and the early modern ages, citing in particular the philosophies of Scotus and John Poinsot.

Keywords:   theosemiotic, Duns Scotus, Charles Sanders Peirce, signs, object, interpretant, behavior, interpretation, semiosis, John Poinsot

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