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

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

by Gerard 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

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[Note: Picture of Peirce available]

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.

Contents

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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Editorial Reviews

R. Ward

"This collection of essays, from 50 years of writing about C.S. Peirce by Gerard Deledalle (Columbia Univ.), offers critical investigations of topics in semiotics and helpful philosophical comparisons. Deledalle's efforts to introduce Peirce to a French and European audience are laudable, since Peirce is often difficult to comprehend in English. Also laudable is Deledalle's historic sense of Peirce's semiotic thinking, especially his chapter on the Greek origins of Peirce's terms. Because many of these essays are written as introductions to Peirce's thought, there is some repetition. The text also reflects the limited secondary resources on Peirce available in French. What Deledalle does exceptionally well, though, is bring Peirce's thought into historical and philosophical dialogue with Saussure, Wittgenstein, Frege, Morris, McLuhan, and the trinitarian doctrine of the Eastern and Western church. A very rich read for those who admire and understand Peirce's significance. Suitable for graduate students and researchers." —R. Ward, Georgetown College, 2001nov CHOICE.

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"This collection of essays, from 50 years of writing about C.S. Peirce by Gerard Deledalle (Columbia Univ.), offers critical investigations of topics in semiotics and helpful philosophical comparisons. Deledalle's efforts to introduce Peirce to a French and European audience are laudable, since Peirce is often difficult to comprehend in English. Also laudable is Deledalle's historic sense of Peirce's semiotic thinking, especially his chapter on the Greek origins of Peirce's terms. Because many of these essays are written as introductions to Peirce's thought, there is some repetition. The text also reflects the limited secondary resources on Peirce available in French. What Deledalle does exceptionally well, though, is bring Peirce's thought into historical and philosophical dialogue with Saussure, Wittgenstein, Frege, Morris, McLuhan, and the trinitarian doctrine of the Eastern and Western church. A very rich read for those who admire and understand Peirce's significance. Suitable for graduate students and researchers." —R. Ward, Georgetown College, 2001nov CHOICE.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253337368
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
03/01/2001
Series:
Advances in Semiotics Series
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.63(d)

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