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Agent, Person, Subject, SelfA Theory of Ontology, Interaction, and Infrastructure$
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Paul Kockelman

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199926985

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199926985.001.0001

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Residence in the World

Residence in the World

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Agent, Person, Subject, Self

Paul Kockelman

Oxford University Press

This chapter treats relatively non-propositional semiotic processes: heeding affordances, wielding instruments, undertaking actions, inhabiting roles, and fulfilling identities. It is meant to complement chapter 5, which treats relatively propositional semiotic processes, such as mental states and speech acts, or cognitive processes and discursive practices more generally. It may thus be understood as bringing the foregoing theory of meaning to bear on Heidegger’s critique of mind, thereby articulating being-in-the-world in terms of semiotic processes. It may also be understood as a theory of material culture, or the meaning of ‘objects’ and ‘things’ (in their stereotypic sense). And it may even be understood as offering a theory ofcontext, or that ensemble of relatively unrecognized semiotic processes that remain in the background of, or serve as the infrastructure for, more stereotypic signs, such as speech acts and communicative moves more generally.

Keywords:   material culture, context, being-in-the-world, identity, action

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