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ERIC Number: EJ924030
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Mar
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0039-3746
Subjectivity as an Unlimited Semiosis: Lacan and Peirce
Nordtug, Birgit
Studies in Philosophy and Education, v23 n2-3 p87-102 Mar 2004
The discussion on subjectivity is based on the psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan's understanding of subjectivity as constructed in and through language, and the philosopher Charles Sanders Peirce's general ideas of signifying construction as an unlimited sign-exchanging process--the idea of the unlimited semiosis. The article advocates combining Lacanian subjectivity and Peircean semiosis in a model of the formal structure of the semiosis of Lacanian subjectivity. In the light of this model the article claims that Lacanian subjectivity opens to a process of subjectivization within the semiosis of subjectivity, whereby that which is other is made our own. Two researchers' different arguments on subjectivity, both of which refer to Lacan's ideas on subjectivity, are used as discussion partners in the exploration of the semiosis of Lacanian subjectivity. While the one researcher claims that subjectivity is an ideological construction, the other maintains that subjectivity is a free play of signs. The article claims that neither of these two researchers considers that there may be a process of subjectivization in the semiosis of subjectivity. Thus the one researcher can claim that subjectivity "is constituted outside of itself", and the other can maintain that "the subject is doomed to perpetual exile from itself" in the construction of her or his subjectivity.
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Language: English
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