International Journal for the Semiotics of Law - Revue internationale de Sémiotique juridique

, Volume 22, Issue 1, pp 61–68

Gustav Shpet and the Semiotics of ‘Living Discourse’


DOI: 10.1007/s11196-008-9095-z

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Grier, P.T. Int J Semiot Law (2009) 22: 61. doi:10.1007/s11196-008-9095-z


Semioticians traditionally honor Russian linguistics of the early 20th century, and study Jakobson, Vinogradov, Vinokur or the early Trubetzkoy. They do, however, seldom consider Russian philosophers of the same period. Gustav Shpet is an important representative of Russian philosophers in discussion with Hegel, Neo-Kantian thinkers and contemporaries in Russia and abroad, among them Edmund Husserl, originator of transcendental phenomenology. Shpet introduced Husserl’s phenomenology in Russia and expanded those ideas in his 1914 Appearance and Sense. A triangle “Hegel—Husserl—semiotics” emerged where Shpet emphasized the concept of discourse in phenomenology: a philosophical challenge to modern semiotics.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dickinson CollegeCarlisleUSA