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    Gestures of Acknowledgment.Vincent Colapietro - 2020 - American Journal of Semiotics 36 (1):77-94.
    Gestures are arguably the most pervasive, primordial, and generative of signs. This partly explains why the failure or refusal to gesture in certain ways, in certain circumstances, carries more weight than would seem otherwise comprehensible. Stanley Cavell attends to not only the importance of acknowledgment but also how our failures to acknowledge others amount to nothing less than an “annihilation of the other”. What account of gestures would begin to do justice to the power of such failures to wound humans (...)
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    The Music of Meaning.Vincent Colapietro - 2020 - American Journal of Semiotics 36 (1):11-45.
    This paper begins as a methodological musement inspired by a suggestion made by C. S. Peirce to William James. It takes his intellectual life as a complex affair displaying a creative tension between what, on the surface, appear to be exclusive impulses. On the one hand, there is the drive to attain the highest level of conceptual clarity humanly possible. This is of course evident in his pragmatism. On the other, there is his seeming dalliance with concepts so vague as (...)
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    Theoretical Riffs on the Blues.Vincent Colapietro - 2020 - American Journal of Semiotics 36 (1):47-76.
    After disambiguating the word, the author explores the blues primarily not as a genre of music but as a sensibility or orientation toward the world. In doing so, he is taking seriously suggestions made by a host of writers, most notably, Ralph Waldo Ellison, Amiri Baraka, James Baldwin, and Cornel West. As such, the focus is on the blues as an extended family of somatic practices bearing upon expression. At the center of these practices, there is in the blues always (...)
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    Peirce on Practical Reasoning.Nathan Houser - 2020 - American Journal of Semiotics 36 (1):117-134.
    It is generally agreed that what distinguishes practical reasoning from more thoughtful reasoning is that practical reasoning properly results in action rather than in conceptual conclusions. There is much disagreement, however, about how appropriate actions follow from practical reasoning and it is commonly supposed that the connection between reasoning and action can neither be truly inferential nor strictly causal. Peirce appears to challenge this common assumption. Although he would agree that conscious and deliberate argumentation results in conceptual conclusions rather than (...)
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    Semiotics and Philosophy.Nathan Houser - 2020 - American Journal of Semiotics 36 (1):135-164.
    Semiotics has not been warmly welcomed as an area of research concentration within philosophy, especially not within philosophy in the English empirical tradition. But when we consider that much of the focus of semiotic research is signification, reference, and representation, it seems evident that semiotic questions are as old as reflective thought itself. A look at how these questions have been treated throughout the history of philosophy suggests that Umberto Eco was right in claiming that most major philosophers have grappled (...)
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    Thinking at the Edges.Nathan Houser - 2020 - American Journal of Semiotics 36 (1):95-116.
    The field of semiotic studies requires borders to function as a discipline but as a living science it is essential that those borders be unheeded. When Charles Peirce opened the modern field of semiotic studies he understood that he was an intellectual pioneer preparing the way for future semioticians. Peirce’s decision to equate semiotics with logic would likely seem bizarre to most professional logicians today yet his decision followed naturally from his view that all mental operations are sign actions and (...)
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    Sebeok Fellows Issue: Vincent Colapietro and Nathan Houser.Jamin Pelkey - 2020 - American Journal of Semiotics 36 (1):1-9.
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