The Impact on Philosophy of Semiotics: The Quasi-Error of the External World and a Dialogue Between a 'Semiotist' and A 'realist'

The Impact on Philosophy of Semiotics: The Quasi-Error of the External World and a Dialogue Between a 'Semiotist' and A 'realist'

by John N. Deely
     
 

This book is a coherent argument about the meaning of the term "postmodern" as it applies to philosophy at the opening of the twenty-first century. The author makes the case that the twentieth-century development of the doctrine of signs, commonly known as semiotics, represents the positive essential thrust giving birth to a postmodern era of philosophy, as clean a…  See more details below

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This book is a coherent argument about the meaning of the term "postmodern" as it applies to philosophy at the opening of the twenty-first century. The author makes the case that the twentieth-century development of the doctrine of signs, commonly known as semiotics, represents the positive essential thrust giving birth to a postmodern era of philosophy, as clean a break with modern thought as modern thought was with Latin scholasticism in the time of Galileo, Poinsot, and Descartes - but with a difference. Contrary to what the author dismisses as false claims of postmodernity, the work shows that what is truly postmodern in philosophy both goes beyond modernity and recovers philosophy's past in a renewed understanding of the human condition. The "problem of the external world," which modern philosophy began by creating, postmodern philosophy begins by revealing as a quasi-error. The book concludes with a philosophical dialogue revealing the inadequacy to the postmodern situation of a simple return to any past form of "realism," and explaining why the postmodern situation calls for a new definition of human being as "the semiotic animal."

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ISBN-13:
9781587313752
Publisher:
St. Augustine's Press
Publication date:
11/28/2003
Edition description:
1
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.00(d)

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