RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 50866885 LA English T1 The impact on philosophy of semiotics : the quasi-error of the external world with a dialogue between a 'semiotist' and a 'realist' A1 Deely, John N., PB St. Augustine's Press PP South Bend, Ind. YR 2003 SN 1587313758 9781587313752 AB "This book is a coherent argument about the meaning of the term "postmodern" as it applies to philosophy at the opening of the twenty-first century. The author makes the case that the twentieth-century development of the doctrine of signs, commonly known as semiotics, represents the positive essential thrust giving birth to a postmodern era of philosophy, as clean a break with modern thought as modern thought was with Latin scholasticism in the time of Galileo, Poinsot, and Descartes - but with a difference. Contrary to what the author dismisses as false claims of postmodernity, the work shows that what is truly postmodern in philosophy both goes beyond modernity and recovers philosophy's past in a renewed understanding of the human condition. The "problem of the external world," which modern philosophy began by creating, postmodern philosophy begins by revealing as a quasi-error. The book concludes with a philosophical dialogue revealing the inadequacy to the postmodern situation of a simple return to any past form of "realism," and explaining why the postmodern situation calls for a new definition of human being as "the semiotic animal.""--Jacket.