The American Journal of Semiotics

Volume 20, Issue 1/4, 2004

Floyd Merrell
Pages 255-269

Signs so Constructed that they Can Know Themselves

Peirce’s occasional allusion to what he calls ‘nothingness’ motivates this dialogue. The dialogue consists of two interlocutors deliberating over the notion, implicit in recent mathematics, science, logic, and philosophy, and patterned in literature and the arts, of life, and the physical universe as a whole, as a process of self-reflexive, interdependent, interrelated, interactive self-organization, from ‘nothingness’ to what is construed as what is.