, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 103–118 | Cite as

Framework of Space and Time from the Proto-Semiotic Perspective

  • Koichiro MatsunoEmail author
Original Paper


The material underpinning of the action of signs is rooted in the priority of interactions. The evolutionary priority of interactions as envisioned from the proto-semiotic perspective renders both space and time as derivable from interactions, as demonstrating a sharp contrast to the classical, physical and theoretical notion of interactions as occurring in a prior transcendental presupposed space and time that are given prior to interactions. The proto-semiotic framework obtains space as resulting from shared resources among the material participants, whereas time is derived from the act of allocating the mutually shared resource. Consequential upon the priority of interactions is a suspension of the principle of contradiction as keeping the on-going action of signification, since time, while presiding over and embodying the allocation, is constantly progressing. The results of the action of signs as registered in the finished record necessarily meet the principle of contradiction. Nonetheless, the fulfilment of the principle right in the process of the on-going action of signification is constantly out of reach because of the inevitable spill-over of those material disturbances perturbing the likelihood of attaining the principle from within. Interacting atoms and molecules, when viewed from the perspective of time as being derived from the interactions, can be seen as agential in precipitating the principle of contradiction in the finished record out of the on-going evanescent dangers of disturbing that principle from within. Naturalization of the action of signs is sought within the natural capacity of time being capable of changing its own tense.


Contradiction Interaction Proto-semiotic Sign Space Tense Time 



Thanks are due to the reviewers for suggestions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Nagaoka University of TechnologyNagaokaJapan

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