Semiotics 1980 pp 331-338 | Cite as

Towards a Transcultural Semiotic

  • Joseph A. Magno


Of late in philosophy the dominant trend may be styled ‘relative Kantianism’: the trend is Kantian in that it accepts Kant’s radical contention that experience is entirely a synthetic function of the mind’s unifying and ordering conceptions; yet it is relative in that it regards these ordering conceptions (against Kant) as variable and subject to differing perspectives occasioned by differing spatio-temporal circumstances.


Cultural Trait Ultimate Condition Dominant Trend Epistemic Theory Temporal Moment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph A. Magno
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of PhilosophyLoras CollegeDubuqueUSA

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