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Passages from Bachelard's significant works are brought the following in excerpts chosen by way of Colette Gaudin, a professor of French literature at Dartmouth collage and an expert on Bachelard.

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That dominance was extended into post-structuralism (Derrida 1967), which took the unraveling of the closed language system as the model for the deconstructionist encounter with texts, literary tradition and the history of Western philosophy. In this Saussurean tradition, the linguistic sign is the sign par excellence. The second figure in the semiotic turn was Charles Sanders Peirce. Peirce, in contrast to Saussure, began with a general theory of the sign and subsumed the linguistic sign within its general framework and categories.

Another way to approach this question is to point out that there is a complex chain of economic, socio-cultural and institutional design features at work here. When I see the rings in the jewellery shop window I can contextualize the objects within these ‘macrosocial’ processes as ‘wedding rings’; but the objects themselves have no intrinsic meaning. A central feature of human language-making and creativity involves the creation of (layers of) stories about ‘what happened’ or ‘what was said’, ‘what is going on’ or ‘what was meant’.

But this clothing never can be completely stripped off; it is only changed for something more diaphanous. So there is an infinite regression here. Finally, the interpretant is nothing but another representation to which the torch of truth is handled along; and as representation, it has its interpretant again. Lo, another infinite series. This ‘absolute object’ emerges most clearly in Peirce’s evolutionary pragmatics, especially as expressed in his philosophy of science, and his stress on regularity and ‘habit’.

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