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perspectivism

See also epistemology; Thomas theorem. 1. Broadly, the stance that the truth of any knowledge or fact is tied to a particular frame of ...

Language as Symbolic Action

Language as Symbolic Action (1966)   Reference library

Encyclopedia of Semiotics

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2007
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Language reference, Linguistics
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...all operate by the use of symbol systems” (p. 57). In an obvious sense, then, Burke's own dramatism can be only a terministic screen, but Burke also wants to believe that the dramatic model is ontological rather than heuristic, literal rather than metaphorical, and that his perspectivism offers more than just another perspective. Such salient inconsistency underscores the problem. If language, as it were, thinks for us (a saying of Samuel Taylor Coleridge that Burke is fond of quoting), then within the cultural scene language may be the agent that acts...

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Encyclopedia of Semiotics

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Subject Reference
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2007
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Language reference, Linguistics
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1,772 words

...and the position of the spectator, and since spectators are always looking, they are always being positioned and their relationship to the objects in the frame of representation constantly constructed by the act of looking. Developments in the history of art such as perspectivism and antiperspectivism can be understood semiotically in the same terms. Renaissance illusionism, for instance, constructed a unitary observer placed centrally outside the frame with mathematical precision. Prosceniumarch theater similarly constructed an ideal audience with a...

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