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    From Fingers to Faces: Visual Semiotics and Digital Forensics.Massimo Leone - 2021 - International Journal for the Semiotics of Law - Revue Internationale de Sémiotique Juridique 34 (2):579-599.
    Identification is a primary need of societies. It is even more central in law enforcement. In the history of crime, a dialectics takes place between felonious attempts at concealing, disguising, or forging identities and societal efforts at unmasking the impostures. Semiotics offers specialistic skills at studying the signs of societal detection and identification, including those of forensics and criminology. In human history, no sign more than the face is attached a value of personal identity. Yet, modern forensics realizes that the (...)
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    On Muzzles and Faces: The Semiotic Limits of Visage and Personhood.Massimo Leone - 2022 - International Journal for the Semiotics of Law - Revue Internationale de Sémiotique Juridique 35 (4):1275-1298.
    The essay investigates the anthropological concept of personhood from the point of view of the dialectics between two fundamental elements of the socio-cultural, linguistic, and semiotic construction of the self-identity of the human species: on the one hand, the human face and, on the other, the non-human muzzle. After demonstrating that their semantics is contrastively articulated in all Indo-European languages, and after showing that such contrast is featured also in several non-Indo-European languages, including those referring to supposedly alternative “ontologies of (...)
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    Introduction to the Semiotics of Belonging.Massimo Leone - 2012 - Semiotica 2012 (192).
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    Indexes: Cultural Nature and Natural Culture.Massimo Leone - 2021 - Rivista di Estetica 76:112-129.
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    The Search for the Imperfect Language.Massimo Leone - 2019 - Semiotica 2019 (231):105-119.
    The meta-semiotic ideology that underpins most contemporary semiotics seems at odds with the one that underlies the attempt at planning and creating a new language. Semiotics, as well as modern linguistics, has increasingly evolved into a substantially descriptive endeavor, excluding any consistent normative purpose. Faithful to the epistemology of Ferdinand de Saussure, semiotics does not primarily aim at either pointing at some supposed flaws of such or such language or at proposing some new linguistic forms meant to fix them. The (...)
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    Propaganda Mala Fide: Towards a Comparative Semiotics of Violent Religious Persuasion.Massimo Leone - 2015 - Semiotica 2015 (207):631-655.
    Name der Zeitschrift: Semiotica Jahrgang: 2015 Heft: 207 Seiten: 631-655.
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    Religious Conversion and Identity: The Semiotic Analysis of Texts.Massimo Leone - 2004 - Routledge.
    The way in which people change and represent their spiritual evolution is often determined by recurrent language structures. Through the analysis of ancient and modern stories and their words and images, this book describes the nature of conversion through explorations of the encounter with the religious message, the discomfort of spiritual uncertainty, the loss of personal and social identity, the anxiety of destabilization, the reconstitution of the self and the discovery of a new language of the soul.
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    The Semiotic Therapy of Religious Law.Massimo Leone - 2009 - International Journal for the Semiotics of Law - Revue Internationale de Sémiotique Juridique 22 (3):293-306.
    Religion can bring about social harmony as well as social conflict. Religious law is a key element in both cases. Scholars can explain how religious law changes according to historical and socio-cultural context. They can also help reengineering prescriptions that cause social conflict. Changes in religious law can be explained according to a chronological rhetoric (certain agents cause certain changes) or according to a logical rhetoric (a change acquires its meaning in opposition to other possible changes). The two approaches are (...)
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    Critique of the Culinary Reason.Massimo Leone - 2016 - Semiotica 2016 (211):165-186.
    Name der Zeitschrift: Semiotica Heft: Ahead of print.
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    Besieging the Courthouse: The Proxemics of Law Between Totalitarian Awe and Populist Rage.Massimo Leone - 2015 - International Journal for the Semiotics of Law - Revue Internationale de Sémiotique Juridique 28 (2):317-333.
    In 2006, acclaimed Italian film director Nanni Moretti released Il caimano [“the Caiman”], a surreal depiction of Silvio Berlusconi’s career as controversial businessman and politician. In one of the last sequences, an indicted Berlusconi leaves the courthouse of Milan, while his supporters besiege its premises and set them on fire. Admired for his capacity of prophetically foreseeing the developments of Italian society, Nanni Moretti’s apocalyptic vision was confirmed by reality on March 11, 2013, when a group of deputes and senators (...)
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    The Semiotics of Fundamentalist Authoriality.Massimo Leone - 2013 - International Journal for the Semiotics of Law - Revue Internationale de Sémiotique Juridique 26 (1):227-239.
    The essay seeks to single out, describe, and analyze the main semiotic features that compose the fundamentalist understanding of authoriality. Given a definition of authoriality as the series of semiotic dynamics that induce a reader to posit a genetic relation between an author and a text, the fundamentalist authoriality is characterized as displaying six main traits. First, centrality of the written text: in order to postulate a perfect coincidence between a transcendent intentio auctoris (intention of the author) and an immanent (...)
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    The Authoriality of Religious Law: Preface. [REVIEW]Massimo Leone - 2013 - International Journal for the Semiotics of Law - Revue Internationale de Sémiotique Juridique 26 (1):91-94.
    The essay seeks to single out, describe, and analyze the main semiotic features that compose the fundamentalist understanding of authoriality. Given a definition of authoriality as the series of semiotic dynamics that induce a reader to posit a genetic relation between an author and a text, the fundamentalist authoriality is characterized as displaying six main traits. First, centrality of the written text: in order to postulate a perfect coincidence between a transcendent intentio auctoris and an immanent intentio lectoris, fundamentalist exegetical (...)
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  13. Regimes Semióticos Do Pertencimento Nas Metrópoles Contempor'neas.Massimo Leone - 2014 - Logos: Comuniação e Univerisdade 2 (24).
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  14. Introduction: What’s so Special About Faces? Visages at the Crossroad Between Philosophy, Semiotics and Cognition.Marco Viola & Massimo Leone - 2022 - Topoi 41 (4):623-628.
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    Intracultural Awareness in Legal Language—Silvio Berlusconi’s Iconography of Law.Massimo Leone - 2013 - International Journal for the Semiotics of Law - Revue Internationale de Sémiotique Juridique 26 (3):579-595.
    Against the assumption that legal and normative systems are coextensive with geopolitical units and national spaces, the article advocates for the need to study how different legal and normative semiospheres, within the same geopolitical unit and national space, often give rise to ‘normolects’ that are transversal to socio-economic classes, ethnicities, and cultural lifestyles. The concept of legal and normative ‘imaginaries’ is useful to come to terms with the legal and normative semiotic ideology of such normolects, including their non-verbal dimension and (...)
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    Mirrors, Selfies, and Alephs: A Semiotics of Immobility Travelogues.Massimo Leone - 2021 - Cultura 18 (2):113-137.
    The article focuses on past epidemics and previous confinements, looking for the art of journeying through immobility. It rekindles the plague that ravaged the city of Turin in the 1630s, as well as Xavier de Maistre who, confined in the military citadel in 1790, wrote the Voyage autour de ma chambre, perhaps the first example of modern ‘anodeporics’, a neologism to designate immobility travelogues. The essay then explores other pandemics and subsequent attempts at imitating De Maistre. First, it concentrates on (...)
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    The Semiotics of Common Sense: Patterns of Meaning-Sharing in the Semiosphere.Massimo Leone - 2019 - Semiotica 2019 (226):225-241.
    Name der Zeitschrift: Semiotica Jahrgang: 2019 Heft: 226 Seiten: 225-241.
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    Nature and Culture in Visual Communication: Japanese Variations on Ludus Naturae.Massimo Leone - 2016 - Semiotica 2016 (213):213-245.
    Name der Zeitschrift: Semiotica Jahrgang: 2016 Heft: 213 Seiten: 213-245.
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    Correction: Introduction: What’s so Special About Faces? Visages at the Crossroad Between Philosophy, Semiotics and Cognition.Marco Viola & Massimo Leone - 2022 - Topoi 41 (4):629-629.
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    Boundaries and Identities in Religious Conversion: The Mirror.Massimo Leone - 2002 - Sign Systems Studies 30 (2):485-500.
    Religious conversion revolutions the boundaries which delimit personal identity. Therefore, the main semiotic problem of mental and cultural representations of this religious phenomenon is to convey simultaneously a feeling of sameness and otherness, identity and change. In the present paper, mirrors are analysed as cultural mechanisms which enable representations to accomplish this paradoxical task. After a brief survey concerning literature on mirrors, some early-modern religious texts using these optical instruments as representative devices are analysed in-depth: a painting of the Magdalene’s (...)
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    Motility, Potentiality, and Infinity—A Semiotic Hypothesis on Nature and Religion.Massimo Leone - 2012 - Biosemiotics 5 (3):369-389.
    Against any obscurantist stand, denying the interest of natural sciences for the comprehension of human meaning and language, but also against any reductionist hypothesis, frustrating the specificity of the semiotic point of view on nature, the paper argues that the deepest dynamic at the basis of meaning consists in its being a mechanism of ‘potentiality navigation’ within a universe generally characterized by motility. On the one hand, such a hypothesis widens the sphere of meaning to all beings somehow endowed with (...)
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    Hans Kelsen: Secular Religion: Springer, Berlin, 2012. [REVIEW]Massimo Leone - 2013 - International Journal for the Semiotics of Law - Revue Internationale de Sémiotique Juridique 26 (1):241-245.
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    Paul Cobley (Ed.): The Routledge Companion to Semiotics. [REVIEW]Massimo Leone - 2010 - International Journal for the Semiotics of Law - Revue Internationale de Sémiotique Juridique 23 (4):519-523.
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  24. From the linguistic ideology to the semiotic ideology. Reflections upon the denial. [Italian].Massimo Leone - 2011 - Eidos: Revista de Filosofía de la Universidad Del Norte 14:236-249.
    A vast literature exists on the concept of “linguistic ideology.” Scholars generally agree on defining it as a set of ideas that the members of a community hold about the role of language in the community. Nevertheless, scholars generally disagree on whether these ideas are explicit or implicit. Different views on this point imply different methodologies: the analysis of explicit considerations on language in the first case, that of a more multifarious material in the second one. However, excluding implicit ideas (...)
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    Piirid ja identiteedid religioosse pöördumise puhul.Massimo Leone - 2002 - Sign Systems Studies 30 (2):501-501.
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    The Frowning Balance: Semiotic Insinuations on the Visual Rhetoric of Justice.Massimo Leone - 2017 - Semiotica 2017 (216):41-62.
    Name der Zeitschrift: Semiotica Jahrgang: 2017 Heft: 216 Seiten: 41-62.
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    Sarnasus ja kamuflaaž kreeka-rooma antiigis. Kokkuvõte.Massimo Leone - 2010 - Sign Systems Studies 38 (1/4):185-185.
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    Resemblance and Camouflage in Graeco-Roman Antiquity.Massimo Leone - 2010 - Sign Systems Studies 38 (1/4):167-184.
    In the twenty-eighth book of the Naturalis Historia Pliny the Elder claims that, if a chameleon’s left leg is roasted together with a herb bearing the same name, and everything is mixed with ointment, cut in lozenges, and stored in a wooden little box, this will bestow on those who own it a perfect camouflage. The ring of Gyges (Plato, etc.), that of Midas (Pliny), the heliotropium (Pliny), the dracontitis (Philostratus): ancient cultures abound with references to objects, recipes, and techniques (...)
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    Сходство и камуфляж во времена античности. Резюме.Massimo Leone - 2010 - Sign Systems Studies 38 (1/4):184-185.
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    Dall'ideologia linguistica all'ideologia semiotica. Riflessioni sulla smentita.Massimo Leone - 2011 - Eidos: Revista de Filosofía de la Universidad Del Norte 14:236-249.
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    Semiotic of Pretext, Semiotics of Pre-Text.Massimo Leone - 2014 - Semiotica 2014 (198):345-357.
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    Ancient Tradition and Modern Audacity: On the (Proto-) Semiotic Ideas of Juan Caramuel y Lobkowitz.Massimo Leone - 2010 - Semiotica 2010 (182):247-268.