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Semiotics

Grande Arche, ParisNEWS:

[May 2015:] My new article on the anti-semiotic movement in parts of philosophy (especially phenomenology), aesthetics, and image studies. I look at the arguments, show how semiotics can learn from them, and demonstrate connections of the anti-semiotic movement with trends against analytical and scientific approaches in the humanities.

[Feb 2015:] Visit the recently founded Virtual Centre for Cultural Semiotics!

Semiotics – Past and Future

I've learned semiotics at the Research Center for Semiotics, which was founded by Roland Posner. He developed a classification of sign processes, building up from simple signs (e.g. signals and indizes) towards speech acts; it is summarized in his article “Believing, Causing, Intending”. This is a truly groundbreaking work, clearly written (some background in analytical philosophy is helpful), and richly rewarding, if you take the time to work through it.

I've used this approach to analyse literary texts; it's currently also applied in gesture and film studies (e.g. here). If you're interested in communication, and how it relies on intentional states such as complex intentions and beliefs: Like it, you will.

Some of my thoughts on semiotics and its future – currently available only in German – packed into 10 theses; I'll try and translate them soon.

10 Thesen zur Semiotik und ihrer Zukunft

Please mail me with proposals or ideas.

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