Monthly Archives: January 2016

The Four-Foot-Long Cat

Begins: 10:40pm The case of the four foot long cat although puzzling was/is still based on a perceived subject.  Puzzling properties of subjects are common.  However, there are cases where the subject itself causes problems.  Eco presents the infamous case … Continue reading

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Ideas as Signs

Begins 1:11pm “Ideas are the first logical interpretants of the phenomenon that suggest them.” (p165)  This assertion returns us to the ‘vast problem’ of perception as interpretation of sensory disconnected data.  When confronted with experience we arrange and make sense … Continue reading

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Mentioning a Point

Begins 5:45pm [SS I just ran out of ink in my pen.  It took me less than four weeks to use it all up.  It was mainly used in writing notes that supposedly helped me understand what I was reading … Continue reading

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Statements of Fact

Begins 5:48pm Generally speaking logic is concerned with verbal expressions.  But discussions about statements and judgements, Eco ‘states’, are also concerned with non-verbal expressions.  For example, the Encyclopaedia Britannica is a text with meta-semiotic and semiotic statements because it ‘uses … Continue reading

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Semiotic vs Factual

Begins 5:10pm [OS Do you remember when ‘the’ professor asked how I could call something a ‘fact’? Even though I knew he was being a pedantic ass, I found it hard to explain exactly what is meant by ‘a statement … Continue reading

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Different Signs

Begins 2:50pm So the labor of sign production brings “into evidence the fact that there are different kinds of signs.” (p 157) Different types of signs suggests different modes of production that are linked to a triple process: The process … Continue reading

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Types of Labor

Begins 10:06pm The last half of Eco’s book, A Theory of Semiotics, looks at the theory of sign production, which is concerned with all the types of labor needed to produce and interpret signs, messages or texts.  Also the type … Continue reading

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Laboring through Semiotic Labour

Halfway through Eco’s Theory of Semiotics [SS and OS: Thank #@&£!] Begins: 9:45pm [SS You did not start writing at 9:45.] [OS But we did start thinking at 9:45.  And, what’s with the ‘you’?] [SS Because I am not responsible … Continue reading

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Over and Under [coding]

Begins 7:05pm [SS I want to tell them why it has taken so long to get to the page today.] [OS Because you spent most of the day observing the legal codes of Irish society as you waited for a … Continue reading

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Border-lines

Begins 1:50 Interpreters of texts, according to Eco, are ‘obliged’ both to challenge existing codes and to put forward interpretive hypotheses ‘that work as a more comprehensive, tentative and prospective form of codification.” (p129)  There is a need for continuous … Continue reading

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