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I. Terminology

The term sign usually means something perceptible to the senses that signifies something else, which gives it its specific meaning. In theological and philosophical usage, it differs from the term symbol (Symbols), although the latter is sometimes used synonymously with sign in semiotics and mathematics as well as in logic.

While Aristotle used the term σημεῖον/sēmeíon in various contexts – including his theory of con…

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Esterbauer, Reinhold, Alles, Gregory D., Kober, Michael, Ochs, Peter, Linde, Gesche and Bärsch, Jürgen, “Signs”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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