• Updated
31 March 2023

Semiotics 2.0

In 1938, within logically-inspired philosophy, the philosopher Charles W. Morris had conceived the extraordinarily ambitious program of a general theory of signs, or 'semiotics'. This theory was to encompass both linguistic and non-linguistic signs, human and animal signs. 

Published in November 2022, the book What it All Means, by Philippe Schlenker, Senior Research Fellow at Institut Jean-Nicod and Global Distinguished Professor at New York University, shows that contemporary formal linguistics, and especially semantics (the study of meaning), is on the verge of realizing this program, but within a scientific framework that did not exist in 1938.

Read the article on the INSHS website.