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The Hidden GodPragmatism and Posthumanism in American Thought$
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Ryan White

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231171007

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231171007.001.0001

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Every Language Is Foreign

Every Language Is Foreign

Self and Cybernetics in the Event-Machine

(p.137) 5 Every Language Is Foreign
The Hidden God

Ryan White

Columbia University Press

Charles S. Peirce declares that the individual amounts to no more than a “negation.” In this chapter, that remark triggers a comparison of Peirce’s semiotics to Jacques Derrida’s deconstruction and Niklas Luhmann’s social systems theory. In all three cases it is argued that humanist presumptions of communication are abandoned in favor of a posthumanist theory of communication in which human consciousness is totally excluded from participation in systems of communication but instead acts as their occluded environment, the “negation” or exclusion which makes communication possible.

Keywords:   Charles Sanders Peirce, Jacques Derrida, Cary Wolfe, Niklas Luhmann, Semiotics, Communication

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