(24) However, semeiosis is not only limited to the world of man, also the entire organic world is filled with thought, as Peirce wrote in 'Prolegomena to an Apology for Pragmaticism' (1906):
From a Peircean perspective man lives in a universe perfused with semeiosis. It is not incomprehensible that man can understand this universe; he himself has emerged from its creative processes and there is a structural affinity between his reasoning and the reasoning that takes place within the universe.
In this perspective, the Incarnation of the God-Man Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit can be seen as the ultimate semeiosis
; that is, the supernal triadic relation between divine Father, incarnate Son, and the Holy Spirit (Word).
Taking the Arapesh as my case in point: on the one hand, the men believe that what they are doing has the desired effect (the rebirth of all species), but only by means of a sophisticated semeiosis
which I will describe in a moment.
Music criticism (of the academic, intellectual sort) is just beginning to be fascinated by such semeiosis
, spurred on by the criticism of literature and art, the perspective of ethnomusicology, and the example of Continental thinkers such as Barthes, Eco, and Foucault, to name only a few.
Which is to say, I don't see how a Peircean scholar can go for this ancient gnosis which seems not to require a semeiosis
, that is to say, a transaction in signs between people, an intersubjectivity, a realism to the degree that the transaction is taken to be about something which, to some degree, can be known and talked about.
YEOUNGYU PARK, "The Semeiosis
of the Image Xiang: A Piercean Approach to the Yiching." Adviser: Chung-ying Cheng.
12 This last term, "semiosis" (sometimes "semeiosis
" or "semeiosy"), is Peirce's own neologistic adaptation of the Greek term [Greek Text Omitted], which occurs at least thirty times in the Herculanean papyrus On Signs authored in the first century by Philodemus; see Philodemus, On Methods of Inference (c.