By James Jakób Liszka
This definitive textual content is the only most sensible paintings on Peirce's semeiotic (as Peirce may have spelled it) permitting students to extrapolate past Peirce or to use him to new areas... —Society for the development of yankee Philosophy Newsletter"... quintessential advent to Peirce's semiotics." —Teaching Philosophy"Both for college kids new to Peirce and for the complicated scholar, this is often an exceptional and exact reference publication. it may be to be had in libraries at all... faculties and universities." —Choice"The top and such a lot balanced complete account of Peirce's semiotic which contributes not just to semiotics yet to philosophy. Liszka's booklet is the sourcebook for students in general." —Nathan HouserAlthough 19th-century thinker and scientist Charles Sanders Peirce was once a prolific author, he by no means released his paintings on indicators in any prepared style, making it tough to understand the scope of his proposal. during this publication, Liszka offers a scientific and complete acount of Peirce's idea, together with the position of semiotic within the method of sciences, with a close research of its 3 major branches—grammar, severe good judgment, and common rhetoric.
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In regard to the relation of order to order, the same hierarchical principle is at work as in relations of class to class: the more abstract, the more superordinate. For example, the nomological sciences, such as physics, should be superordinate to the classificatory sciences, such as biology and chemistry, and the latter in turn should be superordinate to the descriptive sciences, such as astronomy and geology. 270-271); or, in the case of philosophy, phenomenology, which studies the formal conditions of phenomena as such, should be superordinate to logic or semeiotic, which studies the formal conditions of a particular kind of phenomena, namely signs.
Presumably for Saussure, semiology is not applicable to the physical sciences, and it is subordinate to psychology. For Peirce, semeiotic is applicable to the physical sciences as well (although it is more directly applicable to the psychical sciences) and, indeed, by allowing a much wider concept of sign to include, besides conventional signs, natural and nonhuman ones as well, Peirce envisioned semeiotic as a more comprehensive study whose results would be employed by the several empirical disciplines.
Every sign must have some sense or depth in order to count as such (W 1: 287). This might be called its presentative condition. 253), Page 19 understood as a sign which translates and develops the original sign. 228), which articulates the original sense and reference, breadth and depth. , something which represents the representation as a representation (W 1: 323). This might be called its interpretative condition. 3 Each of the first three formal conditions of the sign is mediated through the others: the ability of the sign to represent also requires, inherently, its power to be interpreted as a sign of that object in some respect; the ability of the sign to be interpreted can only work if it is interpreted as representing an object in some respect; and it can only be understood as representing an object in some respect if it is interpreted as representing an object as such.
A general introduction to the semeiotic of Charles Sanders Peirce by James Jakób Liszka