The Routledge Companion to Semiotics

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USING THIS BOOK

The Routledge Companion to Semiotics presents up-to-date information on the key questions within its subject area. It is designed to allow the reader to navigate the subject with ease, through cross-referencing within the volume and by means of indications for further enquiry.

The book is divided into two parts. Part I, ‘Understanding semiotics’, consists of an introduction and ten short chapters. Each of these chapters broadly addresses key themes in contemporary semiotics. Part II, ‘Key themes and major figures in semiotics’, consists of a dictionary of semiotics, containing a wealth of information on terms used in the subject area as well as biographical entries on influential individuals.


CROSS-REFERENCING

The cross-referencing procedure takes place throughout the volume. Any topic or name which has an entry in Part II of the volume will, on its initial appearance, be printed in bold type. This is the case for the chapters in Part I as it is for the entries in Part II. On those occasions when an entry does not explicitly mention a name or topic which nevertheless bears some relevant further information on the entry, it will be followed by ‘See also’ with the cross-reference printed in CAPITALS.

Cross-referencing from entries in Part II of the volume to chapters in Part I of the volume will occasionally take place. To avoid confusion, references to chapters in Part I are indicated by giving the author’s name in underlined type; for example, Hoffmeyer or Deely or Petrilli and Ponzio, and so on. Despite the cross-referencing in the volume, both Part I and Part II can, of course, be used on their own terms: as a free-standing collection of essays or as a far-reaching dictionary of semiotics.

The identity of the author of each entry in Part II is indicated by bold initials at the end of the entry (see, also, the notes on contributors).


FURTHER READING

Each of the chapters in Part I of the volume is followed by five recommendations for further reading.

Further reading recommendations continue into Part II. The entries in this section are of three different sizes (small, medium and large). Large entries such

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • The Routledge Companion to Semiotics i
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Contributors ix
  • Acknowledgements xvii
  • Using This Book xix
  • Part I- Understanding Semiotics 1
  • Introduction 3
  • 1 - Ancient Semiotics 13
  • 2 - Semiotics of Nature 29
  • 3 - Umwelt and Modelling 43
  • 4 - Logic and Cognition 57
  • 5 - Realism and Epistemology 74
  • 6 - Peirce, Phenomenology and Semiotics 89
  • 7 - The Saussurean Heritage 101
  • 8 - Sociosemiotics 118
  • 9 - Semiotics of Media and Culture 135
  • 10 - Semioethics 150
  • Part II - Key Themes and Major Figures in Semiotics 163
  • References 359
  • Index 389
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