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    From Fingers to Faces: Visual Semiotics and Digital Forensics.Massimo Leone - 2020 - 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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    Introduction.Massimo Leone - 2021 - Sign Systems Studies 49 (3-4):270-278.
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    Introduction to the semiotics of belonging.Massimo Leone - 2012 - Semiotica 2012 (192).
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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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    Indexes: Cultural Nature and Natural Culture.Massimo Leone - 2021 - Rivista di Estetica 76:112-129.
    Umberto Eco’s essential contribution to semiotics consisted in finding a theoretical equilibrium between deconstructive tendencies, aiming at presenting cultural habits as pure conventional but naturalized products, and motivational trends, claiming the natural fundament of constructed cultural habits. Fully comprehending and turning into analytical frame the concept of sign in Charles S. Peirce was instrumental to reach such equilibrium. In no other aspect of Umberto Eco’s semiotics it manifests itself with more evidence than in the characterization of indexes. The article seeks (...)
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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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    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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    Religious conversion and identity: the semiotic analysis of texts.Massimo Leone - 2004 - New York: 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 Legal Semiotics of the Digital Face: An Introduction.Gabriele Marino & Massimo Leone - forthcoming - International Journal for the Semiotics of Law - Revue Internationale de Sémiotique Juridique:1-7.
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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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    Sacred Foe: About the Face of Exemplary Evil.Massimo Leone - forthcoming - International Journal for the Semiotics of Law - Revue Internationale de Sémiotique Juridique:1-15.
    This essay aims to summarize and explore two issues that, in the exegetical and representational traditions of the biblical text, have triggered a myriad of semiotic intelligences. First, the nature of Cain’s face at the moment of the sacrifice refused him by the Lord, a face variously interpreted as angry, sad, dejected, depressed, dark. Second, the nature of the sign imposed by God on Cain following Abel’s fratricide. After exploring Jewish and Christian exegesis, ancient and modern, with some reference to (...)
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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 Spiral of Digital Falsehood in Deepfakes.Massimo Leone - 2023 - International Journal for the Semiotics of Law - Revue Internationale de Sémiotique Juridique 36 (2):385-405.
    The article defines the research field of a semiotically oriented philosophy of digital communication. It lays out its methodological perspective, pointing out how the fake has always been at the center of semiotic research. It traces the origin of deepfakes back to the conception of GANs, whose essential semiotic workings it expounds on. It enucleates the specificities of the digital fake, especially in the production of artificial faces. It reviews the deepfake phenomenon, enunciating its most recent statistics, prevalent areas of (...)
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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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    Sémiotique du visage futur.Gianmarco Thierry Giuliana & Massimo Leone (eds.) - 2023 - Roma: Aracne.
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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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    Ancient tradition and modern audacity: On the (proto-) semiotic ideas of Juan Caramuel y Lobkowitz.Massimo Leone - 2010 - Semiotica 2010 (182):247-268.
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    Boundaries and identities in religious conversion.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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    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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  21. 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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    Help! Is There a Semiotician on the Plane?Massimo Leone - 2017 - American Journal of Semiotics 33 (1/2):113-130.
    “Please, we urgently need a semiotician!” is certainly not the most common request heard in a situation of emergency, yet a time may come when we realize that there are cases that a physician (or another scientist) cannot effectively deal with.Two passengers fight over the same space on a plane, to the point that the pilot is obliged to land and have the two contenders get off at the closest airport. Each of the humanities has a specific way to frame (...)
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Piirid ja identiteedid religioosse pöördumise puhul.Massimo Leone - 2002 - Sign Systems Studies 30 (2):501-501.
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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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    Regimes semióticos do pertencimento nas metrópoles contempor'neas.Massimo Leone - 2014 - Logos: Comuniação e Univerisdade 2 (24).
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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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    Semiotic of pretext, semiotics of pre-text.Massimo Leone - 2014 - Semiotica 2014 (198):345-357.
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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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    The hybrid face: paradoxes of the visage in the digital era.Massimo Leone (ed.) - 2023 - New York, NY: Routledge.
    This original and interdisciplinary volume explores the contemporary semiotic dimensions of the face from both scientific and socio-cultural perspectives, putting forward several traditions, aspects, and signs of the human utopia of creating a hybrid face. The book semiotically delves into the multifaceted realm of the digital face, exploring its biological and social functions, the concept of masks, the impact of COVID-19, AI systems, digital portraiture, symbolic faces in films, viral communication, alien depictions, personhood in video games, online intimacy, and digital (...)
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    Introduction to Semiotics of World Cultures.Massimo Leone - 2012 - Cultura 9 (2):7-12.
    Tourism industry is increasingly stripping traveling of one of its most fundamental anthropological and existential values: its being a laboratory in which travelerscan temporarily experience the disruption of their regime of sedentary belonging, protected by a plan of return. According to this perspective, non-touristy travelingis one of the best ways to test the limits of one’s tolerance to cultural diversity and acknowledge, as a consequence, the identity of one’s cultural and existential‘home.’ Yet, modern and contemporary travelogues mostly extol the traveler’s (...)
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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