Qualia, semiotic categories, and sensuous truth: rhematics, pragmatics, symbolics

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https://doi.org/10.11606/issn.1980-4016.esse.2022.194325

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Qualia, Facts of firstness, Rhematics, Sensuous semiotics, Peirce’s classes of signs

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It is a social-scientific truism, and also a problem, that the “immediate” sensuous truth for individuals is part of, and therefore must be investigated through, the “dynamic” semiosis of social groups. Qualia, carefully formulated as facts of firstness, disaggregate and clarify some aspects of the problem. Facts of firstness become methodologically viable as a semiotic category by weighting Peirce’s 1903 Triangle of ten sign types toward the interpretant and thereby rearranging the diagram. This diagrammatic rearrangement discloses the domain of rhematics, extending continuously from the familiar rhematic symbolic legisigns of language to qualia as limit cases where semiotic mediation itself seems to be suspended in (and by) aesthetic immediacy. The diagrammatic rearrangement also highlights qualia as cultural emergents: precipitates of vast scales and operations of semiosis that bear deceptively little resemblance to the processes of their production. A multimodal example of sonic, kinaesthetic, and visual calibration grounds the discussion.

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Nicholas Harkness, Harvard University

Modern Korean Economy and Society Professor of Anthropology at Harvard University, Cambridge, USA.

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