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Semiotic theory, which has restricted its focus largely to human forms of significations, is transformed by Robert S. Corrington into a semiotics of nature itself. Corrington situates the divide between "nature naturing" and "nature natured" within the contest of classical American pragmaticism and postmodern psychoanalysis. At the heart of this new metaphysics is an insistence that all signs participate in larger orders of meaning that are natural and religious. Meanings embodied in nature point beyond nature to...

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Overview

Semiotic theory, which has restricted its focus largely to human forms of significations, is transformed by Robert S. Corrington into a semiotics of nature itself. Corrington situates the divide between "nature naturing" and "nature natured" within the contest of classical American pragmaticism and postmodern psychoanalysis. At the heart of this new metaphysics is an insistence that all signs participate in larger orders of meaning that are natural and religious. Meanings embodied in nature point beyond nature to the mystery inherent in positioned codes and signs.

Indiana University Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253314413
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1994
  • Series: Advances in Semiotics Series
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: Natura Naturans and Natura Naturata
Preface
Introduction: Semiotics and Metaphysics 1
1 Ecstatic Naturalism 16
The Four Naturalisms 16
The Chora, Death, and Transfiguration 26
Beyond Language 32
Positioning, Repositioning, and Depositioning 42
The Unconscious of Nature 48
Spirit, Negativity, and Semiosis 52
The Consummation of Naturalism 60
2 Infinite Semiosis 67
The Prospective and the Not Yet 67
First Dimension of Signification: Local and Regional Traits 74
Second Dimension of Signification: Serial Intersection 86
Third Dimension of Signification: Temporality, Introspection, and Intersubjectivity 94
Fourth Dimension of Signification: World Semiosis and the Spirit 102
Fifth Dimension of Signification: Signs, Traces, and Nature's Unconscious 105
Sixth Dimension of Signification: The Postsemiotic and the Return of the Positive 111
3 Betweenness 116
The Self-Giving Ground 116
Between Nature Naturing and Nature Natured: Emptying 122
Between the Chora and World Semiosis: Denial 130
Between the Open Infinite and the Processive Infinite: Enabling 138
Between the Potencies and the Archetypes: Evoking 149
Developmental Teleology and the Incarnation of Spirit 156
4 Meaning and Mystery 160
Natural Embodiment 160
Natural Communication 167
Courage and the Gestalt of Grace 171
Beyond Anthropocentrism: Umwelten 178
The Horizons of the Human Process 184
Mystery, the Archetypes, and the Return of the Material Maternal 190
References 205
Index 215
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