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A typology of the Semiotic Subject

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Paula Martins de Souza
Total Authors: 1
Document type: Doctoral Thesis
Press: São Paulo.
Institution: Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH/SBD)
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Examining board members:
Waldir Beividas; Jose Luiz Fiorin; Renata Ciampone Mancini; Jean Cristtus Portela; Luiz Augusto de Moraes Tatit
Advisor: Waldir Beividas

As it often happens with important intellectual movements that intentionally breaks off from well established episteme, structuralism assumed some rather radical standpoints which paved the way for the acquisition of much of its scientific autonomy. One of those would be the depsychologisation of language. It did not take too long though for this seminal move to be contested by many other disciplines who claimed it was a reductive point of view which would never prove itself capable of dealing with human sciences objects. It turns out that this movements swift rise and fall from the spotlights down to backstage in academia, would hinder the assimilation of a number of its core postulates. As a result many fertile findings were lessened and stereotyped. By the time all this was happening, however, structuralism as a whole was changing from the inside and giving way to new forms of itself, with some of them opposing all others. This work is based upon the particular perspective of L. Hjelmslev theory of language that, contrarily to commonplace understandings of it, takes his theoreticalepistemological model as an open structural basis for language transcending components, like subjectivity, however still ruled by immanence. The tensive rendering of semiotic studies whose originator is C. Zilberberg illustrates this perspective. Standing by the Hjelmslevian theories and methods, these studies reveal how effective they are when dealing with phenomena like subjectivity (a notion implied by the sensible dimension) and events. Aiming at investigating the semiotic subject in deep, the present work goes through this conceptual no-mans land while facing the subject category outward resistance imposed by a life-long formulation rooting out in French semiotics. This category claims for some notional broadening in exchange for sharing the secrets of the meaning mechanisms leading to grasp its subjective properties. Once conceived as a support vessel for actions to happen, the subject has soon claimed the presence of a sender, to justify its emissivity, and of contending forces supporting its remissivity. The study of the functions holding among the subject and the other actants will require further developments from the theory of modalities which will in turn yield the widening of the subject onto a broader passional context. Coming from an essentially solipsist relationship between subject and object separated by formless void, the semiotic subject now goes patiently up toward an intersubjective category status. A bold move in this direction has been achieved by Zilberberg, specially with his tensive interdependent formulation between the sensible (subjective) and intelligible (objective) dimensions of meaning. Nevertheless, on elaborating his model he always had the global picture in mind, henceforth leaving aside particular requirements of the semiotic subject. Relying on the contributions put forth by tensive studies on the semiotic subject and willingly rooted in structural episteme its theoreticalmethodological tools will be put to use in the present work in order to deepen the contemporary investigation on the semiotic subject. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 12/06292-0 - Subjectivity in the field of Semiotics
Grantee:Paula Martins de Souza
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate (Direct)