Between Signs and Non-Signs by Ferruccio Rossi-Landi

By Ferruccio Rossi-Landi

The Italian thinker F. Rossi-Landi (1921-1985) performed pioneering paintings within the philosophy of language. His learn is characterized through a critique of language and beliefs in terms of signal creation methods and the method of social copy. Between symptoms and Non-Signs is a set of 14 articles by means of Rossi-Landi written among 1952 and 1984 and provides an summary of his contribution to the philosophy of language and his critique of Charles Morris, Wittgenstein, Bachtin, and his Italian contemporaries. it's in reality a undertaking initiated by way of the writer and now posthumously accomplished via the editor, with an entire bibliography of Rossi-Landi's vast paintings. Susan Petrilli's creation provides a clean view of the significance of Rossi-Landi's paintings to trendy serious concept.

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1953[b], 1954[d], 1958[a]); but from around 1955 I began to try to bring together, as I expressed it at the time, ele­ ments of the theory of Marxism with elements of "analytical" philosophy, so to say grafting "logico-linguistic" techniques onto the trunk of integral historicism (1961[d]). " Much time has passed. Semiotics has become established, and all of us who were paleo-semioticians have followed our own paths. My pres­ ent tendency is to locate semiotics in a study of the relations between "struc­ ture" and "superstructure" (1968[h], 1972[i], and work in progress [now 1975b]).

The slicing of the cake 'experience-and-reason' is not the same. Thus, in many cases, a literal rendering of esperienza by 'experience,' or vice versa, simply would not do. The road is blocked by just one basic term. My second example concerns the Italian philosopher and semiotician Gio­ vanni Vailati (of whom more below). At the beginning of the century he was using such terms as 'psychology or 'anthropology' in a way so different from what we may understand by their use nowadays, that in order to fully con­ strue his terminology we have to explain the state of those arts at his times; or alternatively, to understand his ideas we have to change the terminology.

10. The problem of the sign, which had been faced in openly behavioristic terms in an article of 1927, "The Concept of the Symbol," is taken up again by Morris some ten years later, when in his mind a synthetic - one would almost say syncretistic - attitude had formed. It was only then that his approach to the problems of signs took the form of a general theory. In the article "Philosophy of Science and Science of Philosophy" (1935 [a]), Morris analyzed some of the conceptions of philosophy which were current in those years; such analysis is to be found again in later writings, up to and including FTS.

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