By Thomas A. Sebeok
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As Kant insistedand, of course, both Peirce and Jakob von Uexküll had thoroughly assimilated Kantian principles"raw experience" is unattainable; experience, to be apprehended, must first be steeped in, strained through, and seasoned by a soup of signs. For this reason, this brand of Idealism can be called "semiotic idealism," in the apt designation put forward by the Toronto philosopher David Savan (1983). " Without necessarily committing oneself to this or that brand of idealismonly the realist positions are, I think, altogether devoid of interestit is clear that what semiotics is finally all about is the role of mind in the creation of the world or of physical constructs out of a vast and diverse crush of sense impressions.
This, of course, echoes what Coleridgewhose philosophy of Ich-heit Peirce himself cited circa 1902called, as far back as 1817, in his Biographia Literaria (Ch. " By this Coleridge meant "a repetition in the finite mind of the eternal act of creation in the infinite I AM," offering the means of escape from the prison house of the self by engagement with others, or the ability to distinguish subject ("I am") from object ("you are," "it is"). However, by 1908, as Peirce wrote (on December 14) to Victoria Lady Welby, he had come to realize that the putative contrast between Subject and Object"in any of the varieties of German senses"was < previous page page_41 If you like this book, buy it!
3) aims to synopsize the main points made thus far. This model is not to be regarded as merely a piecemeal assemblage of constituents that can be represented as the sum of < previous page page_28 If you like this book, buy it! next page > < previous page page_29 next page > Page 29 Fig. 3. Modified after Thomas A. Sebeok, Contributions to the Doctrine of Signs, 2d ed. (Lanham: University Press of America, 1985), p. 155, figure 1. properties of its several parts; on the contrary, the communicational process indispensably requires that each constituent be conceived of as functioning in relation to every other.