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Semiotica

Journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies / Revue de l'Association Internationale de Sémiotique

Editor-in-Chief: Danesi, Marcel


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Residence in the world: Affordances, instruments, actions, roles, and identities

Citation Information: Semiotica. Volume 2006, Issue 162, Pages 19–71, ISSN (Online) 1613-3692, ISSN (Print) 0037-1998, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/SEM.2006.073, October 2006

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2006-10-26

Abstract

This essay brings Peirce's understanding of meaning to bear on Heidegger's critique of mind, thereby articulating being-in-the-world in terms of semiosis. Using ideas developed in ‘The semiotic stance’ (2005), it theorizes five interrelated semiotic processes — heeding affordances, wielding instruments, undertaking actions, performing roles, and filling identities — that constitute the key modes of non-linguistic and/or non-representational meaning in which human-beings are always already holistically implicated. It doing so, it theorizes what is meant by purchases, functions, purposes, statuses, and values (as well as providing a semiotically sophisticated account of ‘material culture’). And it generalizes Anscombe's idea of ‘acting under a description’ to comporting within an interpretation.

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