- Series: Toronto Studies in Semiotics and Communication
- Hardcover: 928 pages
- Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division; First Edition edition (July 7, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0802047351
- ISBN-13: 978-0802047359
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 2.1 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,165,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Four Ages of Understanding: The first Postmodern Survey of Philosophy from Ancient Times to the Turn of the Twenty-First Century (Toronto Studies in Semiotics and Communication) First Edition Edition
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'This magisterial conspectus, nothing less than John Deely's Summa semioticae, attends to the lofty sweep of Western philosophy from its foundations to the threshold of, and across to, the new millennium. In some sense, the book reminds me of Bertrand Russell's History of Western Philosophy, but, whereas Russell situated his chronicle within the context of political and social circumstances from the earliest times to the mid-1940s, Deely is bent on reconfiguring this same progression and beyond by inseparably intertwining it with the doctrine of the sign -- a story hitherto revealed only in fragmentary fashion. Deely's masterpiece is destined to become an indispensable work of reference for all students of semiotics.' Thomas A. Sebeok, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Linguistics and Semiotics at Indiana University; and Honorary Fellow of Victoria College, University of Toronto --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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John Deely has been a Professor of Philosophy since 1976 at Loras COllege in Dubuque, Iowa, and is now at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas.
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I became quickly transfixed! Not dry is this reading of the History of philosophy. Also, a fundamental HOLE in other histories of philiosphy is soundly and quite overduely plugged, in the story of John Poinsot. Poinsot happened along at the end of the Latin age, unfortunately when that age had become persona non grata and thought dead. as per Monty Python: "I'm not dead yet!" Not even close! - But the vagaries of history have their way. Though Poinsot can easily be argued to be the CULMINATION and COMPLETION of all Latin thought. He unfortunately was relegated to the shelves for ~400 years. What a travesty!! Sad for us, Modern Philosophy was taking over. I could scarce believe what I was reading. For instance It astounds me that such an institution as the University at Berkeley, is named after such an intellectual twit. But fashion does have its ways.
Happily now, Modernity is dead, buried, hopefully soon forgotten. Tied in a bow by Poinsot and Peirce. This book is dedicated to "all those who will read it through". - Thank you very much Mr. Deely. I enjoyed every word thoroughly. (Now reading Essetial Peirce I & II)