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Symbols That Stand for Themselves - Roy Wagner

Symbols That Stand for Themselves

Paperback Published: 1st January 1986
ISBN: 9780226869292
Number Of Pages: 162

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This important new work by Roy Wagner is about the autonomy of symbols and their role in creating culture. Its argument, anticipated in the author's previous book, "The Invention of Culture," is at once symbolic, philosophical, and evolutionary: meaning is a form of perception to which human beings are physically and mentally adapted. Using examples from his many years of research among the Daribi people of New Guinea as well as from Western culture, Wagner approaches the question of the creation of meaning by examining the nonreferential qualities of symbols--such as their aesthetic and formal properties--that enable symbols to stand for themselves.

Preface
Introduction
Too Definite for Words
Metaphor Spread Out: The Holography of Meaning
Death on the Skin: Mortality and Figure-Ground Reversal
Epoch: Real and Unreal Time
The Western Core Symbol
Conclusion: Third-order Trope and the Human Condition
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780226869292
ISBN-10: 0226869296
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 162
Published: 1st January 1986
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.8  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.23