SSA 2016 Presidential Address

Presidential Address.001-001Why are we Semioticians Ignored?

“I will not see the results of my work in my lifetime”, says John Deely. Let’s look at what he has done, why it has not been accepted and what the future may bring in terms of further insights. If the cenoscopic and ideoscopic developments of the last four centuries teach us that science has to take into consideration the reality around us; and the developing use of semiotics in that mix opens the post-modern development, as Deely insists (and most of us agree), why is the doctrine of semeiosis not more widely used or understood? Add another parameter to the map, in that stochastic (random) activity that perturbs the “balance” between what is known through signs or through instruments or the interplay between them, the resultant understanding is never fully predictive. Will Deely’s strengths and weaknesses aid our quest for truth?


Bio: (Edward J.) Ted Baenziger, C.S.B.

Entered the Basilian Fathers (C.S.B.) from Catholic Central High School, Detroit, in ‘64; ordained in ‘76. Teacher, Head Start to University level, (middle and high school, in Annonay, France, for 5 years). Masters from Middlebury College (‘88), PhD in French Literature and Civilization from the Sorbonne (Paris III) (’96). Secretary of the Faculty Senate, ’09-‘16; French-speaking parish pastor, Houston (St-Basile, at UST) 33 years; Semiotic Society of America, since 2001, president for 2015-16, and orchid societies and the American Orchid Society, where he is a certified judge. He loves gardening, reading, scientific research, and coffee. Professor emeritus, June, 2016.

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About Farouk Seif

Professor Emeritus, Antioch University Seattle, Washington, a registered architect, an artist, a Fellow of the International Communicology Institute, and the former Executive Director of the Semiotic Society of America.