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Trailblazers Paving the Way to Semioethics

Augusto Ponzio and Susan Petrilli
From the journal Chinese Semiotic Studies


Like the Roman divinity Janus, Western semiotics has two faces, one turned towards Europe including the Tartu-Moscow tradition, now renominated the Tartu-Moscow-Bloomington tradition, and the other turned towards semiotics in the United States. Semiotics today ensues from different phases of development across the twentieth century - from “communication (code) semiotics”, to “signification semiotics” to “interpretation (significance) semiotics”. In this paper we draw attention to some of the authors who have most inspired our research on sign, language, and communication, influencing its development in the direction of “semioethics” in a global semiotic framework. Fundamental concepts addressed here include metaphor, abduction, iconicity, homology, as that between linguistic and nonlinguistic work, otherness, singularity and responsibility, eventness and participative understanding.

Published Online: 2014-5-30
Published in Print: 2014-6-1

© 2014 by Walter de Gruyter Berlin/Boston