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What Symbols Are

Gennaro Auletta

in Cognitive Biology

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199608485
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729539 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608485.003.0020
What Symbols Are

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After considering the main differences and connections between symbol and sign, similarities and differences between symbol and information are examined. A new dimension of symbols is introduced: Pragmatics, as well as the other two dimensions constituting it: Semantics and syntax. Finally, the three main symbolic functions are presented: Intentionality, consciousness, and culture.

Keywords: symbol; sign; information; pragmatics; syntax; semantics; intentionality; consciousness; culture

Chapter.  5536 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Physics

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