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[Xmca-l] Re: The Social and the Semiotic

Andy et al,
Found this description of the key point of Taylor's essay. Seems very
relevant. Here is a snippet of that summary:

"Taylor maintains that the causal theory of action is inherently atomist,
while the qualitative theory comprehends and includes actions that are
irreducibly collective, in short *ours*, that cannot be reduced to or
analyzed as a collection of actions that are *mine*.
Finally, Taylor observes that for Hegel there is a crucial level of
activity which is not only more than individual, but more than merely
human. Some of what we do we can understand more deeply as the action of
spirit through us. Thus we have to transcend our ordinary
self-understanding. To the extent that our common-sense view of ourselves
is atomist, we have to make two transpositions or decenterings: in the
first we come to understand that some of our actions are those of
communities; in the second we see that some are the work of spirit. The
latter includes the individual, his community, and their relation to the

Andy, would Hegel use the term "the divine" or is this Taylor's (or this
author's) term for something like Hegel's "Universal"?

Full summary is here: http://ndpr.nd.edu/news/hegel-on-action/


On Wed, Jun 28, 2017 at 10:00 AM, Andy Blunden <ablunden@mira.net> wrote:

> I'm actually reading it in hard copy, James!
> It is a reprint of an article written in 1983 called "Hegel and the
> Philosophy of Action," and it is included in the volume "Hegel on Action"
> ed. Arto Laitinen and C. Sandis published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2010.
> Andy
> ------------------------------------------------------------
> Andy Blunden
> http://home.mira.net/~andy
> http://www.brill.com/products/book/origins-collective-decision-making
> On 29/06/2017 1:47 AM, James Ma wrote:
>> Could you forward the article to me, Andy?
>> Thanks, James
>> 2017年6月28日 下午4:37,"Andy Blunden" <ablunden@mira.net <mailto:
>> ablunden@mira.net>>写道:
>>     I have just been reading an article by Charles Taylor
>>     in which he refers to theories (plural) of signs
>>     formulated by Enlightenment philosophers, mentioning
>>     Condillac in particular. It never occurred to me that
>>     semiotics stretched back to the 18th century. I
>>     thought that Peirce invented it! Something new every day.
>>     andy
>>     ------------------------------------------------------------
>>     Andy Blunden
>>     http://home.mira.net/~andy <http://home.mira.net/%7Eandy>
>>     http://www.brill.com/products/book/origins-collective-decision-making
>>     <http://www.brill.com/products/book/origins-collective-
>> decision-making>
>>     On 29/06/2017 1:19 AM, HENRY SHONERD wrote:
>>         Here is a link to a text for which I find no
>>         author, but I found it enlightening in the context
>>         of the chat with constant collaborative efforts to
>>         determine what we mean when we communicate and
>>         how, despite the dialog’s endlessness, gets us
>>         somewhere because we collaborate and how we
>>         collaborate. If this short text is of any use to
>>         the subject line, please let me know.
>>         http://courses.logos.it/EN/2_20.html
>>         <http://courses.logos.it/EN/2_20.html>
>>         <http://courses.logos.it/EN/2_20.html
>>         <http://courses.logos.it/EN/2_20.html>>
>>         Henry
>>             On Jun 27, 2017, at 8:24 PM, Andy Blunden
>>             <ablunden@mira.net <mailto:ablunden@mira.net>>
>>             wrote:
>>                 Eco's "unlimited semiosis"

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