This review argues that the notion of the semiotic animal as the most characteristic one for human activity has a long and disputable history, not in Deely’s writings only but in philosophy in general. The idea of the three co-authors of the book under review, taken from “the air”, ripens and expands with unexpected meaning with respect to its origin, appropriateness, and ongoing novelty. The strongest argument for coining the new definition was found by Deely in Peirce’s semiosis and in Poinsot’s way of sign, a road that had not been taken in the history of knowledge.
Article note: Deely, John N., Susan Petrilli, and Augusto Ponzio: The Semiotic Animal. New York: Legas, 2005, pp. 241, ISBN: 1-894508-80-7.
About the authors
Ivan Mladenov (b. 1953) is a Full Professor at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. His chief interest is the philosophy of Charles S. Peirce on which he published a book Conceptualizing Metaphors: On Charles Peirce’s Marginalia (2006, 2014), Japanese translation (2012). Recent publications include a book in Bulgarian: The Deviated Literature: A Pragmatist Overview (2011), as well as the multi-lingual collection of Bulgarian and international scholars The Out-of-Literariness (2012).
Reni Iankova (b. 1985) is an Associate Professor at the New Bulgarian University. Her chief interest is Charles S. Peirce’s philosophy on which she wrote her Ph.D. dissertation Semiotics and Pragmatism: Habit, Norm, Ritual in Charles Peirce’s Philosophy (forthcoming as a book). Her current research is focused on the problems of interpretants, habit, and habit change in the recent publication (in English) in Statues of Thought: In Honorem Professor Ivan Mladenov (2016).
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