Peircean Semiotics and Triadic Sign Relations : 2

When I returned to grad school for the third time around, this time in a systems engineering program, I had in mind integrating many of my old projects investigating the dynamics of information, inquiry, learning, and reasoning, considering these processes as they evolve their trajectories through the media of sign relations that give them their concrete embodiments.

Up until that time I don’t believe I’d ever given much thought to sign relations that had anything smaller than infinite domains of objects, signs, and interpretant signs.  Countably infinite domains are what come natural in logic, since that is the norm for the formal languages it uses.  Continuous domains come first to mind when turning to physical systems, despite the fact that systems with a discrete or quantized character often enter the fray.

So it was a bit of a novelty to me when my advisor, following the motto of engineers the world over to “Keep It Simple, Stupid!” — affectionately known by the acronym KISS — asked me to construct the simplest, non-trivial, finite example of a sign relation that I could possibly devise.  The outcome of that exercise I wrote up in the following primer on sign relations.

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2 Responses to Peircean Semiotics and Triadic Sign Relations : 2

  1. Charls Pearson says:

    I am interested in your approach to Peirce. Is it possible for you to email me the two articles mentioned? Charls Pearson

    • Jon Awbrey says:

      Hi Charls,

      Those links go to a couple of sections from an old dissertation proposal that I never quite finished but have been gradually revising on the web.

      The table of contents is here.

      Part 1, containing those two sections, is here.

      You can get printable versions of the pages by clicking the “Printable Version” tool in the left hand margin. For instance, the printable version of Part 1 is here.

      Let me know if those aren’t suitable, as I may be able to find an old Word Doc version.


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