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Signs in the dust : a theory of natural culture and cultural nature

Author: Nathan Lyons
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2019.
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Modern thought is characterized by a dichotomy of meaningful culture and unmeaning nature. Signs in the Dust uses medieval semiotics to develop a new theory of nature and culture that resists this familiar picture of things. Nathan Lyons argues that culture is natural and nature is cultural, through and through.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Cross-cultural studies
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Lyons, Nathan, 1988-
Signs in the dust.
New York : Oxford University Press, 2019
(DLC) 2018054207
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Nathan Lyons
ISBN: 9780190941277 0190941278 9780190941284 0190941286
OCLC Number: 1086209591
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover; Signs in the Dust; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Acknowledgements; List of Abbreviations; Introduction: Dust and Signs; Nature and Culture; The Argument; A Comprehensive but not Exhaustive Theory; Part I; 1. Sign: Culture as Signification in John Poinsot; The Scope of Signs; The Metaphysics of Signs; The Cognition of Signs; The Naturalising of Signs; Conclusion: The Breadth of Culture; 2. Word: Culture in the Trinity in Thomas Aquinas; Incorporeal Signs; Son as Sign; Trinitarian Relations as Sign Relations; A Semiotic Trinity; Conclusion: The Trinity as Cultural Nature 3. Art: Culture as Participation in Nicholas of CusaParticipatory Semiosis; Participatory Making; Nature and Art; Conclusion: The Breadth and Height of Culture; Part II; 4. Biosemiosis: The Biological Depth of Culture; Sensation and Perception; Communication; The Biosemiotic Continuity of Nature and Culture; Conclusion: The Meanings of Life; 5. Habit: The Embodiment of Culture in Félix Ravaisson; Aristotle's Second Nature; The Continuum of Habit; Second-​Naturing Nature; Second Nature of Sign and Body; Conclusion: Culture Is Natural and Nature Is Cultural; 6. Evolution: The Art of Nature The Inheritance of HabitThe Extended Evolutionary Synthesis; Evolution as Art; Conclusion: A Cusan Biology; 7. Pattern: The Meanings of Matter; Intentions in the Medium; Signs in the Medium; Is Physiosemiosis Really Semiosis?; Participatory Physiosemiosis; Being as Sign; Conclusion: Meaningful Matter; 8. Dust: The Perfections of Matter; Detour Through the Real; Generation; Conclusion: The Gift of Matter; Conclusion: Natural Culture, Cultural Nature; Not Soft Dualism; Signs in the Dust; Bibliography; Index
Responsibility: Nathan Lyons.

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