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'Complexics-2' Seminar


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The second seminar of the series Complexics, Complexics-2, with the session “De Vico a Peirce: complexitat en les ciències humanes” [From Vico to Peirce: complexity in human science] by Amadeu Viana, on Monday, 7th April 2014, at 18:00, in Sala de professors [Professors' room] of the Faculty of Philology, UB (Aribau, 2). This seminar was the following: 

- De Vico a Peirce: complexitat en les ciències humanes [From Vico to Peirce: complexity in human science] (video)
  By Amadeu Viana
  Professor of Linguistics 
  Department of Catalan Philology and Communication
  University of Lleida

Amadeu Viana did his PhD on Catalan syntax and has developed his teaching and research task on discourse analysis and on history of Sociolinguistics. He has been a visiting professor at the University  Federico II (in Naples), University of California at Berkeley and the University of Chicago. He is the author of the collection of readings Aspectes del pensament sociolingüístic europeu [Aspects of the Sociolinguistic European Thought] (1995), and the studies collected in Raons relatives [Relative Reasons] (1997), about rhetoric, semiotics, dialogue and functionalism, as well as the essay Acròbates de l'emoció [Acrobats of emotion] (2004), about humor, meaning and conversation. He has studied the Giambattista Vico's philological ideas, he has also published with Silvia Caianiello, from the ISPF in Naples, Vico nella storia della filologia (2004).

More information in: http://www.amadeuviana.blogs.udl.cat

- Summary

Contemporary research has relied on the works of Vico and Peirce as historical references of the research on language-in-context and semiotic human nature. But both authors wrote on both sides of the full development of modern science: Vico, before the French Revolution, Peirce, after Comte and Hegel. The notion of complexity is associated with the overcoming of the positivist science and, nowadays, Italian philosopher's work on the emergence of language and the American philosopher on the pragmatic characteristics of knowledge can help to extend the perspective of complexity in the confusing domain of human sciences.