Esthetic interpretants: Pragmaticism, semiotics, and the meaning of art

Ahti Veikko Pietarinen*

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    This paper studies Charles Peirce's theory of esthetics from the point of view of his pragmaticism and the theory of signs. Esthetics is shown to be a theory of habits of feeling, which requires the notion of an esthetic interpretant. An argument is presented which establishes that, beginning with Peirce's theory of signs, pragmaticism supplies esthetic meaning to the works of art.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)223-229
    Number of pages7
    JournalChinese Semiotic Studies
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2009

    Scopus Subject Areas

    • Language and Linguistics
    • Communication


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