Reading Walker Percy's treatment of semiotics in Lost in the Cosmos took me back and moved me ahead. Something good will come of that I am certain.
My own conviction is that semiotics provides an escape from the solipsist prison by its stress on the social origins of language--you have to point to an apple and name it for me before I know there is such a thing--and the existence of a world of apples outside ourselvesSince language is how we, as human beings, access reality, it's a short-to-medium leap from this to, "One person is no person." As a Christian there's no better marker for that than the triune nature of God, which we will celebrate a week from tomorrow.
In honor of my homecoming today, Jack's Mannequin covering Simon & Garfunkel's "Homeward Bound" is our Friday traditio. There's an f-bomb in the pre-song introduction. So, if you're bothered by that you can take a pass:
And each town looks the same to me, the movies and the factories
And ev'ry stranger's face I see reminds me that I long to be,