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Signs in the Dust: A Theory of Natural Culture and Cultural Nature

Nathan Lyons

Abstract

Modern thought is characterised, according to Bruno Latour, by a dichotomy of meaningful culture and unmeaning nature. Signs in the Dust uses medieval semiotics to develop a new theory of nature and culture that resists this familiar picture of things. Through readings of Thomas Aquinas, Nicholas of Cusa, and John Poinsot (John of St Thomas), it offers a semiotic analysis of human culture in both its anthropological breadth as an enterprise of creaturely sign-making and its theological height as a finite participation in the Trinity, which can be understood as an absolute ‘cultural nature’. Si ... More

Keywords: nature and culture, Extended Evolutionary Synthesis, philosophy of nature, biosemiotics, habit, Bruno Latour, Thomas Aquinas, Nicholas of Cusa, John Poinsot (John of St Thomas), Félix Ravaisson

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190941260
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190941260.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nathan Lyons, author
University of Notre Dame Australia