• Books in question:
  • Basics of Semiotics Advances in Semiotics by John N. Deely (PDF)
  • Chapters read:
      1. Literary Semiotics And The Doctrine Of Signs
      1. Semiotics: Method Or Point Of View?
      1. Semiosis: The Subject Matter Of Semiotic Inquiry
      1. Signs: The Medium Of Semiosis
      1. Zoosemiotics And Anthroposemiotics

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semiosis
    It is important to understand what I mean
    by semiosis.

    All dynamical action, or action of brute
    force, physical or psychical, either takes
    place between two subjects (whether they
    react equally upon each other, or one is
    agent and the other patient, entirely or
    partially) or at any rate is a resultant
    of such actions between pairs.

    But by “semiosis” I mean, on the contrary,
    an action, or influence, which is, or
    involves, a coöperation of three subjects,
    such as a sign, its object, and its
    interpretant, this tri-relative influence
    not being in any way resolvable into
    actions between pairs.

John Deely has written a number of similar books on Semiotics.

Summary

I found this book refreshing after having been engrossing myself in books and videos to do with Noam Chomsky’s perspectives on language.

The reason is that communication, though it may be separated from language, is a topic that demands as much inquiring, in my opinion, as I am more puzzled and intrigued by the study of language and communication outside of human beings, including artificial intelligences, other biological lifeforms and potetentially aliens.

It’s a good book. I’ll continue reading it.