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History of StructuralismHistory of Structuralism : The Sign Sets, 1967-Present by Francois Dosse, Deborah Glassman (Translator). 

This book is the definitive critical history of the most influential intellectual movement in the late twentieth century. Dosse focuses on the personalities and the historical conditions which gave birth to the Structuralist movement, but he also concisely explicates the ideas it produced without impoverishing its richness and variation...  

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This is a web-based Project exploring the ideas of Swiss Linguist Ferdinand Saussure, as part of SWIRL, an interdisciplinary project at Southern Oregon University.

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French linguist Ferdinand de Saussure pointed out that language is not comprised of individual units, each inherent with meaning, but is a system of phonetic and semantic differences. For example, the word 'bed' is what is not meant by the words 'bad,' 'bid,' 'bud,' 'fed,' etc. Derrida relies heavily on this idea, and refers to it regularly with his famous French pun "differance."


Biogenetic Structuralism

Biogenetic structuralism is a body of theory which explains the interactions between brain, consciousness and culture in the production of individual experience. As such it is an interdisciplinary theory that draws from anthropology, neuropsychology, modern quantum physics and parapsychology.


Saussure (or not so sure...)

By Lana Schwebel.  If language is such a complete system, why is it failing me at the moment?


The Swiss and the Sign

It would be misleading to suggest that the inquiry into the form and function of Natural Language is a phenomenon unique to the Late Twentieth Century. Indeed, form and meaning have been two of the central objects of study in philosophy since its beginnings in early metaphysics. There is, however, a special flavor to the assumptions and goals of twentieth century linguistics that differentiates it from previous inquiry. The birth of (modern) linguistics has traditionally been credited to Ferdinand de Saussure and his students in Geneva at the turn of the century. The critical insight attributed to Saussure is that "The sole object of study in linguistics is the normal, regular existence of a language already established." (p72)


Saussure And Beyond: Renewing Semiotic Foundations

 Instructor: Paul J Thibault.  This is a website for a course on Simeotics, with five lectures and their outlines included.


There is also a link to the Cyber Semiotic Institute which has several lectures archived. 

Plus, there is a Semiotic Review of Books home page.

Excerpt:  Tristes Tropiques

Now that the Polynesian islands have been smothered in concrete and turned into aircraft carriers solidly anchored in the southern seas, when the whole of Asia is beginning to look like a dingy suburb, when shanty-towns are spreading across Africa, when civil and military aircraft blight the primeval innocence of the American and Melanesian forests even before destroying their virginity, what else can the so-called escapism of traveling do than confront us with the more unfortunate aspects of our history? Our great Western civilization, which has created the marvels we now enjoy, has only succeeded in producing them at the cost of corresponding ills. The order and harmony of the Western world, its most famous achievement, and a laboratory in which structures of a complexity as yet unknown are being fashioned, demand the elimination of a prodigious mass of noxious by-products which now contaminate the globe. The first thing we see as we travel round the world is our own filth, thrown into the face of mankind...(there's more)


Semiotics for Beginners

Excellent website for those who need an introduction to semiotics.  By Daniel Chandler


Semiotic Terms

From the Glossary of Semiotics, by Vincent Colapietro.  Website by Cliff Joslyn.

Umberto Eco

diot. Above her head was the only stable place in the cosmos, the only refuge from the damnation of the panta rei, and she guessed it was the Pendulum's business, not hers. A moment later the couple went off -- he, trained on some textbook that had blunted his capacity for wonder, she, inert and insensitive to the thrill of the infinite, both oblivious of the awesomeness of their encounter -- their first and last encounter -- with the One, the Ein-Sof, the Ineffable. How could you fail to kneel down before this altar of certitude? Foucault's Pendulum (translated by William Weaver)



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Post-Structuralism and Radical Politics

This is the homepage of the Political Studies Association specialist group for Post-Structuralism and Radical Politics. The aim of this group is simply to represent and support the perspectives of post-structuralism within the PSA and beyond. You do not have to be working in a department of politics to join the group (you don't even have to be in the PSA). In fact the group positively welcomes members from, for example, Philosophy, Cultural Studies and Sociology. We are also made up of people working in many different areas of politics from International Relations to the History of Political Thought by way of political science methodology and state theory.


the / untimely / past

For those interested in the intersection of historiography with postmodernism, poststructuralism, and related varieties of theory/practice 

This website, maintained by Jeffrey Hearn, is mainly a bibliography site with extensive lists.   It also includes a growing list of links to related web sites.

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