semiotics & curriculum (excerpts) RE: [xmca] Colpietro on Peirce

From: Tony Whitson (
Date: Sat Jan 14 2006 - 09:26:04 PST

For a journal special issue edited by Don Cunningham, I have just finished a
long paper that may be of interest to folks interested in this thread. I
have excerpted a few pages and posted them at:

(You may remember Don's call for proposals, and my earlier post on the
chewing gum item [there's something more on that in the full paper that's
not included in the excerpt here].)

Please note: This file contains pages excerpted from a 67-page manuscript
that has been submitted for publication, by a publisher who takes their
intellectual property rights quite seriously. Please do not distribute or
quote beyond discussion within the XMCA discussion group.

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On
Behalf Of Andy Blunden
Sent: Saturday, January 14, 2006 7:19 AM
Subject: [xmca] Colpietro on Peirce

   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
   psychology - Peirce lived over a century ago and was not a psychologist,
   for activity theorists the book is an amazing read.
   Here is the table of contents:

                      Chapter One. Is Peirce's Theory of Signs Truly
                      Chapter Two. Semiosis and Subjectivity
                      Chapter Three. The Relevance of Peirce's Semiotics to
                      Chapter Four. Peirce's Account of the Self. A
                      Developmental Perspective
                      Chapter Five. Inwardness and Autonomy

   For Peirce, "semiosis" is "sign-activity". Semiosis goes on everywhere,
   nature as well as with mind, though semiosis does not exhaust a thing
   also has "being." Everything is a sign, but later he decides that a
   does not "represent", it "mediates"; interpretation really means
   Thought is a species of semiosis, and man, a species of sign, is in
   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
   and enjoying him greatly.

 Andy Blunden, on behalf of the Victorian Peace Network, Phone (+61) 03-9380
             Alexander Surmava's Tour - September/October 2006


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