Re: [xmca] Response to DK about Volition

From: Andy Blunden <ablunden who-is-at>
Date: Sun Sep 09 2007 - 19:03:58 PDT

Of course the whole beauty on Peirce's idea is that signs and sign activity
are natural and ubiquitous. But the concept of semiosis arose only in the
1890s in the US, and is something used in the analysis of natural processes
like chemical reactions, social processes like scare-mongering, etc., etc.,
etc. The distinction between a thing and the concept of the thing, which is
after all a thing as well, becomes important only at a certain point if you
insist on the objective existence of the thing as a justification for the
validity of the concept of the thing.
At 09:29 PM 9/09/2007 -0400, you wrote:
>For Peirce, thought is sign activity. To say that signs are merely tools
>for thought spurs the question: what, then is thought itself?

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