Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Outward SignsThe Powerlessness of External Things in Augustine's Thought$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Phillip Cary

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195336498

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195336498.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 21 November 2018

Introduction

Introduction

Expressionist Semiotics and the Powerlessness of the External

Chapter:
(p.3) Introduction
Source:
Outward Signs
Author(s):

Phillip Cary (Contributor Webpage)

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195336498.003.0001

In expressionist semiotics outward signs signify inner things, but never adequately. For in its original form expressionist semiotics was an outgrowth of Augustine's Platonism, in which inner things of the soul are ontologically higher than bodily things and causal power always flows downward in a three‐tiered ontological hierarchy, from God to souls and then to bodies, which means bodies cannot change souls and nothing changes God. This ontological hierarchy and the Platonist axiom of downward causality are illustrated by characteristic passages from Augustine's writings, including the vision at Ostia and his famous account of how children learn words, as well as a less famous passage about why lectures are boring.

Keywords:   Augustine, Platonism, semiotics, expression, signs, hierarchy, causality, Ostia, lectures

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .