To be means to communicate

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Cobley, Paul ; Semiotic Society of America (2014)

The main idea underpinning the position outlined in this paper is a very common one. In fact, it is also quite old: the notion that structure facilitates. The paper attempts to sketch a picture of the human as a sign. In doing so, it also attempts to negotiate an understanding of the human as constituted by ‘selfhood’ on the one hand and by what has become known as ‘subjectivity’, on the other. it attempts to provide one way of approaching the nature/nurture, biology/culture or, also, the structure/agency debates through the investigation of semiosis.
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