Semiotics, Semiosis, Sign Relations • Discussion 17

Re: Peirce List • Robert Marty (1) (2) (3)

Dear Robert,

I’ve been reviewing the discussions of August on this topic and I think it might be possible to advance our inquiry and even establish new levels of competence in our theory of signs if we examined the main points again and dedicated ourselves to clearing up the subject’s more persistent enigmas.

As I was preparing to recap our earlier discussions, it gradually dawned on me how one issue more than any other is the source of major misunderstanding and a whole lot of “people talking past each other”, as the saying goes.  To put it succinctly if very roughly, it has to do with the difference between people who have tests in search of answers and people who have answers in search of tests.  I say very roughly because it’s clear all of us are all of those people some of the time.  And yet we do see cognitive bifurcations and cultural divides persisting through time and people sorting to one basin or the other for extended periods if not the duration of a lifetime.

I’ll take up a tactic for dealing with that issue next time.



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