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Welcome to Semiosistan!

From the book Volume 2

  • Massimo Leone


The article proposes a thought experiment, the creation of a nation entirely composed by semioticians, and wonders what characteristics its inhabitants should have. Beyond the formal requirements of a robust engagement with semiotics, the article concludes that the most important value in this fictional country would be the commitment to approach the world through language, instead of violence, and to believe in the possibility to cultivate a reasonable community of interpreters. A country for semioticians, therefore, is not needed, since they should, on the opposite, venture into the world and spread their message of trust in the reasonability that underlies the human capacity for language.

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