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Groupthink and bureaucracies are not the result of pragmaticist urges. A Response on the Peirce List

The notion that groupthink and bureaucracies are the result of what are wrongly considered to be idealistic urges on the part of the well-intentioned is absurd. If there is group think beyond the TV soundbites it is well distributed across the spectrum of bloviation. People tend to fashion their perceptions on such frail signs. The spectre of bureaucracy as villainous is more pertinent and there is no defense of its various harmful effects. But to see this as somehow the product of your idealistic sorts is again absurd. What is not absurd is Triadic Philosophy, vastly cheaper to buy than a book on Hitler and vastly more pertinent to   the issue you raise which is at the center of Triadic Philosophy. Any examination of it will show that it is the most individualistic of POVs. It stipulates that history is made by the decisions of individuals and that these are determinative. This sweeping characterization of progressive thinking is more redolent of Reince Priebus than it is of Peirce.

NOTE The above responds to what is clearly a provocative effort to elicit just such a response. It reflects the low state of dialog today and the fact that anyone who believes as I do that individuals are not merely important but determinative is condemned if they also believe in pressing democracy, helpfulness and tolerance. Such a binary conflict is precisely what Triadic Philosophy moves past.

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Semiosis, Semiotics, Signos Website — Some Avenues

Definition of Semiotics

Semiotics (from the Greek sêmeiôtikê, from sêmeion, “sign”) is the theory and study of signs and meaning. In some theories, everything is a sign – even man and the world in which he exists. More specifically, signs can be linguistic, pictorial, architectural, vestiary, gestural, olfactory, musical, cinematic, and so on. For an overview of semiotics, visit our Introduction to Semiotics.

Theoretical and applied semiotics

As in any field, one can study semiotics using a theoretical or an applied approach. Signo might be described as a website for applied semiotic theories: Firstly, all of the theories and parts of theories presented here are directly applicable and secondly, each theory is applied to at least one object (such as a text). Each theory module of Signo includes the following sections: “Abstract”, “Theory”, “Application”, “Works Cited” and “Exercises”. You can go on our Semiotics Theories Section for a complete list of these theories.

INTRODUCTION TO SEMIOTICS AND SEMIOTIC TOOLS

OUR CHOICE OF SEMIOTIC THEORIES

Signo presents a small selection of semiotic theories from just a few semioticians. Some important semioticians such as Saussure, Barthes, Morris and Sebeok are noticeably absent. The following list simply reflects the current research and expertise of the members of the Signo‘s team.

THEORISTS

THEORIES

■ Derrida ■ Deconstruction and Différance
■ Eco ■ Semiotic Process and the Classification of Signs, ■ Textual Cooperation, ■ Modes of Sign Production
■ Fontanille ■ Tensive Model
■ Genette ■ Narratology
■ Greimas ■ Actantial Model, ■ Figurative, Thematic and Axiological Analysis, ■ Thymic Analysis, ■ Semiotic Square, ■ Veridictory Square, ■ Narrative Program, ■ Canonical Narrative Schema
■ Hjelmslev ■ Semiotic Hierarchy
■ Jakobson ■ The Functions of Language
■ Klinkenberg ■ Sign Structures
■ Kristeva ■ Semiology of Paragrams, ■ Semanalysis. Engendering the Formula, ■ Subject in Process
■ Peirce ■ Peirce’s Semiotics, ■ Peirce’s Esthetics
■ Rastier ■ Interpretive Semantics, ■ Semic Analysis, ■ Semantic Graph, ■ Ontology and Veridiction in Dialogics
■ Riffaterre ■ Text Derivation, ■ Poetic Language, ■ Literariness and Significance
■ Todorov ■ Semiotics of Todorov
■ Wittgenstein ■ Wittgenstein’s Language Games
■ Zilberberg ■ Tensive Model
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