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Meaningful Connections: Semiotics, Cultural Psychology, and the Forms of Sense

Robert E. Innis

in The Oxford Handbook of Culture and Psychology

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780195396430
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195396430.013.0013

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Meaningful Connections: Semiotics, Cultural Psychology, and the Forms of Sense

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This chapter explores what a philosophically oriented semiotics has to offer to cultural psychology. In as much as semiotics, as the general theory of signs, deals with multiple forms of meanings, its concerns are distinctively cultural. But in as much as semiotics is concerned with the experienced reality of meanings, its concerns are distinctively psychological. Nevertheless, semiotics is not itself a cultural psychology nor a psychology of culture, nor a substitute for them. This chapter presents key elements from the semiotically relevant work of C.S. Peirce, Karl Bühler, Michael Polanyi, Ernst Cassirer, and Susanne Langer to focus on the power of semiotics to model the self, situate the semiotic frames of cultural meaning, broaden the notion of signification, and to delineate the fundamental groundlines of the plenum of consciousness and establish the thresholds of sense, including the role of the tacit dimension and the semiotic relevance of embodiment.

Keywords: signs; modeling the self; cultural frames

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Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology

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