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Today the term semiotics (from Greek sēmeíon, “sign”) denotes the science of signs and their meaning. Reflections on the nature of signs have a long history. Augustine, for example, distinguished between “natural” signs such as the footprint of an animal and “intentional” signs with communicative character such as words (De doctrina christiana 2.1.1). Such reflections were giv…

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Hamou, Philippe and Honsel, Konrad, “Semiotics”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 20 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_027418>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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