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A medieval semiotic : reference and representation in John of St Thomas' theory of signs

Author: Edward James Furton
Publisher: New York : P. Lang, ©1995.
Series: History and language, vol. 4.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This work is both an analysis of one of the most important theories on signs and signification of the Middle Ages and a spirited defense of the objectivity of knowledge. The author compares the sign theory of the medieval epistemologist John of St. Thomas to that of the great Swiss linguist Ferdinand de Saussure. He finds that John of St.
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Named Person: John of St Thomas; Ferdinand de Saussure; John of St Thomas; Ferdinand de Saussure; Jean, (de saint thomas (dominicain ;; Ferdinand de Saussure; Johannes, a Sancto Thoma.; Johannes, a Sancto Thoma; Ferdinand de Saussure; John of St Thomas; Ferdinand de Saussure
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edward James Furton
ISBN: 0820421545 9780820421544
OCLC Number: 30813536
Description: 201 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: I. John of St. Thomas And Ferdinand De Saussure On the Nature of the Linguistic Sign. The Semiology of De Saussure. Derrida and Traditional Sign Theory. The Two Foundations of the Sign. Speech and Physiology. The Natural Origin of Language. Language as Custom. The Rule of Habit --
II. Reference and Representation In General Sign Theory. Manifestation and Substitution. The Being of the Relative. An Alternative View. Transcendental Relation. Signifying the Non-Existent. The Common Identity of All Signs. Instrumental and Formal Signs --
III. The Formal Sign As Ground Of Scientific Objectivity. Immanuel Kant on Medieval Judgment. Isolating the Formal Sign within Cognition. Phantasms and Formal Concepts. The Formal Concept as Representative. The Formal Concept as Substitutive. Intuitive and Abstractive Modes of Cognition. Abstractive and Physical Presence. The Sign and the Foundation of Science --
IV. Resolving The Screen of Concepts Problem. A Theoretical Framework.
Series Title: History and language, vol. 4.
Responsibility: Edward James Furton.

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This work is both an analysis of one of the most important theories on signs and signification of the Middle Ages and a spirited defense of the objectivity of knowledge. The author compares the sign theory of the medieval epistemologist John of St. Thomas to that of the great Swiss linguist Ferdinand de Saussure. He finds that John of St.

Thomas' theory endures as the more philosophically compelling because it describes the relationship between reference and representation in a manner that shows why thought and language must be fundamentally objective. The medieval theorist stands in opposition to the subjectivism and irrationalism associated with much of current research in semiotics.

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