Comrades and friends,
I have been reading Vincent Colpietro's "Peirce's Approach to the Self".
This book is so interesting that I felt I must have it to consult after I
return it to the library, But it is out of print and the only copy on the
secondhand market costs US$150 plus postage. So, I have scanned in the
entire 150 pages. The file is 565k so those without broadband need not
apply, but if you'd like a copy, I will send it to you,
It is really only of value for those with an interest in the foundations of
psychology - Peirce lived over a century ago and was not a psychologist, but
for activity theorists the book is an amazing read.
Here is the table of contents:
Chapter One. Is Peirce's Theory of Signs Truly General?
Chapter Two. Semiosis and Subjectivity
Chapter Three. The Relevance of Peirce's Semiotics to
Chapter Four. Peirce's Account of the Self. A
Chapter Five. Inwardness and Autonomy
For Peirce, "semiosis" is "sign-activity". Semiosis goes on everywhere, in
nature as well as with mind, though semiosis does not exhaust a thing which
also has "being." Everything is a sign, but later he decides that a "sign"
does not "represent", it "mediates"; interpretation really means "effect."
Thought is a species of semiosis, and man, a species of sign, is in thought,
not thought in man (excuse the 19th century sexist word). In my search for a
definition of subjectivity, this is a real find. I am fairly new to Peirce
and enjoying him greatly.
Andy Blunden, on behalf of the Victorian Peace Network, Phone (+61) 03-9380
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