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Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae

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CONRADIE, Ernst M. A semiotic notion of transcendence. Studia Hist. Ecc. [online]. 2013, vol.39, suppl.1, pp. 39-54. ISSN 2412-4265.

As the title indicates, this contribution explores a semiotic notion of transcendence. It is argued that experiences of transcendence are quite common and that notions of transcendence are highly significant since they provide a frame of reference that enables us to comprehend that which is immanent. The possibility of referring to that which transcends reality as such is contested, but all notions of a referent are elusive. On the basis of such observations various models of transcendence are identified before a semiotic notion is explored in more depth. It is suggested that the signified transcends the signifier by far and that some form of referent is necessary unless language is to become solipsistic. If so, there may be a need for clues to that which transcends reality as such.

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