Toward the signs of Gaia and beyond: Thomas A. Sebeok’s semiotic research

Toward the signs of Gaia and beyond: Thomas A. Sebeok’s semiotic research Toward the signs of Gaia and beyond: Thomas A. Sebeok's semiotic research1 AUGUSTO PONZIO 'Given its signifying nature the entire universe would seem to enter Sebeok's sphere of interests' (Rossi-Landi 1985b). The broad horizon alluded to in this quotation finds its point of observation and unification in semiotics: the place of confluence of the 'life sciences' and of the 'sign sciences', and of the inseparable moment of the human being's selfawareness, insofar as s/he is a sign. We shall now attempt to list and, at the same time, distinguish between the various aspects and parts of the 'semiosic universe', as it emerges today from Sebeok's semiotic research. Sebeok began his studies in the second half of the 1930s with his reading of Ogden and Richards's The Meaning of Meaning (1923), and boasts the benefit of the direct teaching of two great masters of the sign: Charles Morris and Roman Jakobson (see Sebeok 1986: Chapter 5, and the parts dedicated by Sebeok to these figures in The Sign & Its Masters [1979], as well as in his recent [1991] book, Semiotics in the United States). Sebeok's semiosic universe comprises: -- The life of signs and the signs of life http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Semiotica - Journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies / Revue de l'Association Internationale de Sémiotique de Gruyter

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de Gruyter
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Copyright © 2009 Walter de Gruyter
ISSN
0037-1998
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1613-3692
DOI
10.1515/semi.1993.97.3-4.373
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Toward the signs of Gaia and beyond: Thomas A. Sebeok's semiotic research1 AUGUSTO PONZIO 'Given its signifying nature the entire universe would seem to enter Sebeok's sphere of interests' (Rossi-Landi 1985b). The broad horizon alluded to in this quotation finds its point of observation and unification in semiotics: the place of confluence of the 'life sciences' and of the 'sign sciences', and of the inseparable moment of the human being's selfawareness, insofar as s/he is a sign. We shall now attempt to list and, at the same time, distinguish between the various aspects and parts of the 'semiosic universe', as it emerges today from Sebeok's semiotic research. Sebeok began his studies in the second half of the 1930s with his reading of Ogden and Richards's The Meaning of Meaning (1923), and boasts the benefit of the direct teaching of two great masters of the sign: Charles Morris and Roman Jakobson (see Sebeok 1986: Chapter 5, and the parts dedicated by Sebeok to these figures in The Sign & Its Masters [1979], as well as in his recent [1991] book, Semiotics in the United States). Sebeok's semiosic universe comprises: -- The life of signs and the signs of life

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Semiotica - Journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies / Revue de l'Association Internationale de Sémiotiquede Gruyter

Published: Jan 1, 1993

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