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

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Volume 2009, Issue 175


The choretic work of history

Augustin Berque
Published Online: 2009-06-05 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/semi.2009.045


The choretic work of history is the way the ecumene, i.e., the relation of humankind with the Earth, develops along time. It amounts to the development of a milieu, i.e., an eco-techno-symbolic chora around the topos of our animal body. This milieu is the second “half” of human existence (the first “half” being the animal body). The dynamic relationship of these two “halves” works in the same way as a predication, in which the subject amounts to nature, and the predicate to the world which this subject is taken as. This process is called choresy. It is already at work in the biosphere, in which it amounts to evolution, but it reaches a new ontological stage when the development of specifically human technical and symbolic systems gives rise to history.

Keywords:: chora; history; predicate; reality; subject; topos

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Published Online: 2009-06-05

Published in Print: 2009-06-01

Citation Information: Semiotica, Volume 2009, Issue 175, Pages 163–176, ISSN (Online) 1613-3692, ISSN (Print) 0037-1998, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/semi.2009.045.

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