Peirce's Philosophy of Communication : The Rhetorical Underpinnings of the Theory of Signs
Charles S. Peirce, the founder of pragmatism, was also the architect of a remarkable theory of signs that continues to puzzle and inspire philosophers today. In this important new book, Mats Bergman articulates a bold new approach to Peirces semeiotic through a reassessment of the role of rhetoric in his work. This systematic approach, which is offered as an alternative to formalistic accounts of Peirces project, shows how general sign-theoretical conceptions can plausibly be interpreted as abstractions from everyday communicative experiences and practices. Building on this fallible ground of rhetoric-in-use, Bergman explicates Peirces semeiotic in a way that is conducive to the development of torical inquiry and philosophical criticism. Following this path, the underpinnings of a uniquely Peircean philosophy of communication is unearthed a pragmatic conception encased in a normative rhetoric, motivated by the continual need to transform and improve our habits of action.
- Hardback | 206 pages
- 156 x 234 x 20.32mm | 476.27g
- 25 Aug 2009
- Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
- London, United Kingdom
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Table of contents
Introduction; 1. A Social Conception of Science; 2. The Pursuit of Forms; 3. Beyond the Doctrine of Signs; 4. Structures of Mediation; 5. Signs in Action; 6. Prospects of Communication; Conclusion: From a Rhetorical Point of View; Bibliography; Index.
'Mats Bergman has executed a remarkable feat. He has, at once, offered a lucid exposition of Peirce's theory of signs accessible to those unfamiliar with this theory and a carefully argued, textually substantiated re-interpretation of Peirce's position ... Peirce's Philosophy of Communication makes an extremely important contribution to Peirce no less than communication studies.' - Vincent Colapietro, Liberal Arts Research Professor, Pennsylvania State University, USA 'Bergman takes a novel approach to the study of Peirce's semeiotic by modeling it as a theory of communication, rather than as an epistemological or logical theory ... In making his case, Bergman provides a comprehensive and exciting review of the critical controversies in Peirce's semeiotic. This is a book not only for those interested in theories of communication, but also those seeking a solid overview of Peirce's theory of signs.' - James Liszka, Professor of Philosophy, University of Alaska Anchorage, USA
About Dr Mats Bergman
Mats Bergman is Principal Lecturer in Media Culture at Arcada University of Applied Sciences and Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Helsinki, Finland.