A Semiotics of the Proxy

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Abstract

This paper approaches the stand-for relationship that is fundamental to semiotics from the point of view of a specific semiotic situation: that of relationships of proxy whereby a person is authorised to act for an absent party. I hope to open up the question of what a semiotics of the proxy might look like, but also make some observations about semiotics-in-general as a discipline reliant on proxy relationships. The paper makes special use of Derrida's writings on communication and Peirce's theory of signs. My reading of Derrida and Peirce is not exhaustive, but rather seeks to highlight the way that both thinkers provide useful frameworks for discussing the example of the proxy, and the challenges it represents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-129
Number of pages15
JournalSocial Semiotics
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

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