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Volume 37, Issue 2


A rose is more than a rose … the diatextual constitution of subjects and objects

Giuseppe Mininni
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Published Online: 2017-03-03 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/text-2017-0005


This paper integrates contributions coming from psychology with a phenomenological and semiotic perspective and focuses on the relationship of reciprocal constitution between “Subject” and “Object.” This relationship is evoked through radically different concepts such as the notions of “experience,” “consciousness” and “embodiment,” focusing attention on “discourse” as a macro-procedure generating the mutual link between Subject and Object. Therefore, the relationship between subject and object is identifiable through the text, namely “diatext.” It will be further argued that human beings act as “diatexters” of their existence in the world. Accordingly, psycho-discursive practices have the performative power to constitute both objects and subjects because they offer a creative solution by interlacing the “Body-Mind-Problem” to the “Mind-Culture-Problem.” In detail, the discursive resource granted by metaphors may be recognized as a modelling matrix embodying thought, as the interweaving of conceptual fields and as reasoning processes.

Keywords: discourse; agency; (inter)subjectivity; diatext; metaphor


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About the article

Giuseppe Mininni

Giuseppe Mininni is Full Professor of Psychology of Communication and Cultural Psychology at the University of Bari. His main interests are pragmatics and social psychology of discourse.

Amelia Manuti

Amelia Manuti (PhD in Psychology of Communication) is Researcher in Work and Organizational Psychology at the University of Bari. Her main research interests are sense-making processes and discursive practices within the organizational context.

Published Online: 2017-03-03

Published in Print: 2017-03-01

Citation Information: Text & Talk, Volume 37, Issue 2, Pages 243–263, ISSN (Online) 1860-7349, ISSN (Print) 1860-7330, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/text-2017-0005.

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