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The American Journal of Semiotics

Volume 32, Issue 1/4, 2016

Semiotic Animal

Edward J. Baenziger, CSB
Pages 1-16
DOI: 10.5840/ajs2016122818

From Maritain’s Thoughts on the Micro-sign to the Science of Semiotics

Jacques Maritain’s discussion of the micro-sign leads us to question how signs get interpreted, from the least to the most complex forms of communication, while John Deely’s treatment of both cenoscopic and ideoscopic interpretation lies in the distinction between attraction, repulsion, and indifference. I add the key concept of inter-reaction, symbiosis, that allows for cooperation within and among all organisms. Using quantum physics and cathexis to delve the mystery of cellular sign values and beyond, we, the semiotic animal, better comprehend our own nature and that of the living world through semiotics.