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Main Title: Semiotics as a Theoretical Basis of the Human Sciences
Author(s): Posner, Roland
Type: Article
Language Code: en
Abstract: In all cultures of the world, the members of the younger generation must prepare themselves for life within the environment into which they were born. They do this by learning to adjust themselves to the social institutions, to handle the tools in use, and to master the valid sign systems. That is, they acquire the social, civilizational, and mental competences of their culture. In the schools and universities of the Western hemisphere, the academic disciplines that teach the relevant knowledge and skills have for several millennia been known as "the humanities". Historically, the most influential characterization of the humanities has conceived of them as studying the human "spirit" ( "Geist" , "esprit" ) and its cultural expressions as striving not to explain, but rather to understand what goes on in a culture. In the present paper, this approach is discussed with respect to the various conceptions of the humanities that were developed in the course of European history. It will be shown that each of these conceptions is motivated by trying to account for newly introduced types of signs and sign processes. This observation is taken to justify the claims that (1) semiotics provides a scientific basis for a rational explication of the tasks and terminologies of all the humanities, that (2) semiotics can serve to re-design the humanities of the various cultures as human sciences, and that (3) semiotics is able to specify the cultural role and the educational values of the human sciences as a whole.
Issue Date: 2009
Date Available: 1-Oct-2018
DDC Class: 490 Andere Sprachen
Subject(s): culture
Journal Title: Chinese semiotic studies
Publisher: De Gruyter
Publisher Place: Berlin
Volume: 1
Issue: 1
Publisher DOI: 10.1515/css-2009-0015
Page Start: 78
Page End: 103
EISSN: 2198-9613
ISSN: 2198-9605
Notes: Dieser Beitrag ist mit Zustimmung des Rechteinhabers aufgrund einer (DFG geförderten) Allianz- bzw. Nationallizenz frei zugänglich.
This publication is with permission of the rights owner freely accessible due to an Alliance licence and a national licence (funded by the DFG, German Research Foundation) respectively.
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