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Sign, mind, time, space: Contradictory complementary coalescence

Floyd Merrell
Published Online: 2009-10-28 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/semi.2009.068


Peirce's concept of the sign can be qualified in terms of inter-dependence, inter-relatedness, and inter-action, from icons to indices to symbols, from Firstness to Secondness to Thirdness, and with respect to sign generacy and degeneracy. This entails a contradictory complementary coalescence of signs, within a temporal-spatial flux and flow wherein everything is always becoming something other than what it was becoming. In this vein, the present article suggests that (1) topological models, (2) certain facets of twentieth-century science up to the present, and (3) avant-garde art — specifically, Cubism and the work of Mavrits C. Escher — when qualified by (4) a non-Boolean, non-linear, context-dependent, contradictory complementary lattice, which reveals (5) sign convergence and blending, or signs becoming signs, can offer (6) a synthetic account of the general semiosic process.

Keywords:: Context dependence; contradictory complementary coalescence; degeneracy; inter-dependency; inter-relatedness; inter-action; non-linearity; process; semiosis; timespace; topology; translation

Published Online: 2009-10-28

Published in Print: 2009-10-01

Citation Information: Semiotica. Volume 2009, Issue 177, Pages 29–116, ISSN (Online) 1613-3692, ISSN (Print) 0037-1998, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/semi.2009.068, October 2009

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