By Dr Andrew Robinson
Christianity has been defined as "a faith looking a metaphysic." Drawing at the philosophy of C. S. Peirce, Robinson develops a metaphysical framework focused round a 'semiotic version' of the Trinity. The version invitations a clean method of the declare that Jesus was once the incarnate notice of God and indicates a brand new method of realizing how nature could endure the imprint of the Triune writer within the kind of 'vestiges of the Trinity in creation'. clinical spin-offs comprise a brand new standpoint at the challenge of the foundation of lifestyles and a singular speculation concerning the evolution of human strong point. the result's an unique contribution to Trinitarian theology and a daring new means of integrating philosophy, technological know-how and faith.
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1). 273). Peirce used the term interpretant in order to emphasize that signs do not depend on the presence of a conscious interpreter. 11 According to Saussure, “The linguistic sign is a two-sided psychological entity”, which “unites, not a thing and a 9 Martin Krampen, “Phytosemiotics,” Semiotica 36, no. 3/4 (1981); ———, “Phytosemiotics Revisited,” in Biosemiotics: The Semiotic Web 1991, ed. Thomas A. Sebeok and Jean Umiker-Sebeok (Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 1992). 2). The position I adopt in this book contrasts with that of semioticians who hold that semiosis is a property of non-living, as well as living, entities.
Following his undistinguished period of undergraduate study at Harvard, Peirce began, in the 1860s, an intensive period of selfdirected study of philosophy. This led to a series of Lowell Lectures in 1866, a significant honour for the then 26 year old self-taught philosopher. In 1867, after what Peirce described as “three years of almost 18 See also Sebeok, Sign Is Just a Sign. During his undergraduate years Peirce also began to suffer from a painful facial condition that was to plague him for the rest of his life.
Around them various groups are engaged in earnest debate, while a few individuals seem to be pursuing their particular inquiries in isolation. If we prescind from the scene as 36 Cf. Terrence W. Deacon, “Emergence: The Hole at the Wheel’s Hub,” in The Re-Emergence of Emergence: The Emergentist Hypothesis from Science to Religion, ed. Philip Clayton and Paul Davies, Emergence (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006), 127. 2. 37 Easily accessible via internet search engines. peirce’s semiotics 31 a whole, stripping away its representational meanings and contrasts of mood and movement, we might find ourselves absorbed in the sheer qualities of the redness of Plato’s robe, or the blue of Aristotle’s cape.
God and the World of Signs: Trinity, Evolution, and the Metaphysical Semiotics of C. S. Peirce by Dr Andrew Robinson