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ERIC Number: EJ1046417
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0309-8249
"Deixis" and Desire: Transitional Notation and Semiotic Philosophy of Education
Pigrum, Derek
Journal of Philosophy of Education, v48 n4 p574-590 Nov 2014
The philosophical underpinnings of this article are the Peircian notion of the triadic nature of the sign as iconic, linguistic and indexical, and the use of the sign as a "Zeug" or thing as a means of pointing to or "deixis" in the context of creative activity in the classroom. This involves Lyotard's conception of desire as the generation of a space where the pupil can be affected by what the world donates. Both "deixis" and desire take on added value in relation to the psychoanalytic theories of Winnicott in terms of the role of transitional object use in the generation of "potential space", and Nussbaum's notion of "tyche" or being on the lookout for what the world has to offer. In terms of education, the central section of the article looks at the way these notions can be applied to teaching and learning in the secondary art classroom. This involves the use of what I have termed transitional notation, combining all three Peircian sign modes on a surface of inscription that is "ready-to-hand" and that operates as what the anthropologist Alfred Gell termed an "index of agency".
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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