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Questions for Reading * This is not a question, but rather a reminder: this unit deals with the issue of problems of meaning. Thinking about the idea of meaning problems, how meaning might be a problem for individuals, how we may have different or even contradictory meanings from one another, can help you to understand the significance of these readings. What is a sign? – Charles Sanders Peirce 1. What are the three kinds of signs presented by Peirce? How are they defined? How do they differ from one another? 2. “No combination of words (excluding proper nouns, and in the absence of
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Unformatted text preview: gestures or other indicative concomitants of speech) can ever convey the slightest information” (3). What does Pierce mean by this? 3. Peirce suggests that for icons or likenesses, there is a different relationship to experience than for indices. What is this difference? 4. In the beginning of the article, Peirce describes three kinds of interest that we may take in a thing. Which interest corresponds with a sign? Why? 5. Pierce gives a metaphor of the body and locates the three kinds of signs within it. How is this done? What might this tell us about these three signs?...
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