Philosophy Today 14 (2):79-88 (1970)

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Richard L. Lanigan
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
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Perception and expression are compared and contrasted as constituent parts of a semiotic system. Merleau-Ponty's phenomenological method of 1) description, 2) reduction, And 3) intentionality is analyzed as a synergic function for perception and expression. Perception is understood as the interplay of immanent and transcendent signs which signify a phenomenal presence. Expression is examined as the synthesis of "le langage," "la langue," and "la parole." then, Expression is viewed in its two modalities as 1) existential and 2) empirical speech. Finally, Merleau-Ponty's theory of communication or theory of intercorporeal being is drawn from the semiotic common ground of his theories of perception and expression. Hence, A single theory of signs is advanced to explain the synergism of intrapersonal and interpersonal being
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DOI 10.5840/philtoday197014219
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