Sensing Corporeally: Toward a Posthuman Understanding (Toronto Studies in Semiotics and Communication)

Sensing Corporeally: Toward a Posthuman Understanding (Toronto Studies in Semiotics and Communication)

By: Floyd Merrell (author)Hardback

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In Sensing Corporeally, Floyd Merrell argues that human sensation and cognition should be thought of in terms of continually changing signs that can be accounted for in terms of topological forms. Focusing on qualitative and analogical sensing, rather than quantitative and digital reasoning, Merrell begins by reflecting on the concept of consciousness as developed by neurologist Antonio Damasio, whose work in turn reflects Charles Peirce's conception of the sign. By expanding Peirce's notion of the sign in light of Damasio's work, as well as that of Oliver Sacks and the Argentine fabulist Jorge Luis Borges, Merrell demonstrates the importance of the relationship between cognition, consciousness, and fantasy. The philosophy of science espoused by Michael Polanyi, and the analytic and postanalytic philosophies of Donald Davidson, Nelson Goodman, Hilary Putnam, and Richard Rorty are also explored in light of what they bring to Peircean concepts of vagueness and generality, inconsistency and incompleteness, and abduction, induction, and deduction. Merrell concludes by moving to the conceptual world of biologist Jakob von Uexk ll and his Umwelt

About Author

Floyd Merrell is a Professor of Theory, Semiotics, Culture, and Latin American Literature in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Purdue University.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780802037046
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 400
  • ID: 9780802037046
  • weight: 706
  • ISBN10: 0802037046

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