An Investigation On The Borderlines Of Phenomenology, Ontology, And Semiotics

  • Frederik Stjernfelt

Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 336)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXI
  2. Diagrams – Peirce and Husserl

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Frederik Stjernfelt
      Pages 3-22
    3. Frederik Stjernfelt
      Pages 49-88
    4. Frederik Stjernfelt
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  3. Biosemiotics, Pictures, Literature

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 195-195
    2. Frederik Stjernfelt
      Pages 197-223
    3. Frederik Stjernfelt
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  4. Back Matter
    Pages 385-507

About this book


Diagrammatology investigates the role of diagrams for thought and knowledge. Based on the general doctrine of diagrams in Charles Peirce's mature work, Diagrammatology claims diagrams to constitute a centerpiece of epistemology. The book reflects Peirce's work on the issue in Husserl's contemporanous doctrine of "categorial intuition" and charts the many unnoticed similarities between Peircean semiotics and early Husserlian phenomenology. Diagrams, on a Peircean account, allow for observation and experimentation with ideal structures and objects and thus furnish the access to the synthetic a priori of the regional and formal ontology of the Husserlian tradition.

The second part of the book focusses on three regional branches of semiotics: biosemiotics, picture analysis, and the theory of literature. Based on diagrammatology, these domains appear as accessible for a diagrammatological approach which leaves the traditional relativism and culturalism of semiotics behind and hence constitutes a realist semiotics

Diagrams will never be the same. A fascinating and challenging tour through phenomenology, biology, Peirce's theory of signs and Ingarden's ontology of literature, all neatly tied together through the guiding thread of the diagrammatical. A veritable tour de force.
Barry Smith, SUNY at Buffalo, U.S.A.

With his meticulous scholarship, Frederik Stjernfelt shows that Peirce and Husserl were cultivating a broad and fertile common ground, which was largely neglected by both the analytic and the continental philosophers during the 20th century and which promises to be an exciting area of research in the 21st.
John F. Sowa, Croton-on-Hudson, U.S.A.


Biosemiotics Charles Sanders Peirce Diagrams Edmund Husserl Literature Phenomenology Roman Ingarden Semiotics Theory of Signs body concept epistemology idea reason relativism

Editors and affiliations

  • Frederik Stjernfelt
    • 1
  1. 1.Learning Lab DenmarkThe Danish University of EducationCopenhagenDenmark

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