Signs, Language and Communication (1996)

   •Roy Harris

Hardcover: 300 pages
ISBN: 0415100895

Do we deceive ourselves about communication? This book challenges conventional wisdom that has shaped the study of communication by Western scholars. Discussing signification in painting, music and sculpture as well as language, it argues that only an integrationist approach does justice to the facts of everyday experience. The foundational premise here is that the mental life of an individual is a continuous attempt to integrate the past with the present and the future, at the same time as the physical activities pursued are integrated with those of contemporaries. Meaning emerges as both product and resource of these processes of integration. At the heart of our constant making and re-making of meaning lie basic questions about human creativity and human responsibilities.

– ‘Harris’s book should reinvigorate such issues, which have been too much marginalised by the orthodoxies he criticizes’: Andrew Harrison in Times Higher Education Supplement


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