The Semiotic Self

The Semiotic Self

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This work offers an interpretation of the nature of the self. In opposition to currently fashionable theories, Wiley argues that the self is an integral and autonomous entity. The self is interpreted as a semiotic structure and on this basis the author presents an analysis of the origins of self-identity. The book draws particularly upon two philosophical sources: the writings of Charles Sanders Peirce and George Herbert Mead. The result is a "trialogical" model in which the present self ("I") talks to the future self ("you") about the past self ("me"). A distinctive feature of Wiley's view is that there is a mutually-supportive relation between the self and democracy, a view which he traces through American history. Providing as it does a means of interpreting the politics of identity in relation to such issues as class, gender, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation, this book should stimulate wide interest.
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  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 152 x 229mm | 517g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 11 figures, bibliography, index
  • 0745607748
  • 9780745607740

Table of contents

1. Introduction: The Politics of Identity in American History. 2. Peice and Mead on the Semoitic Self. 3. The Internal Conversation. 4. Reflexivity. 5. Solidarity. 6. The Self as a Level. 7. Downward Reduction. 8. Upward Reduction.
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