Existential semiotics involves an a priori state of signs and their fixation into objective entities. These essays define this new philosophical field.
Part One: Philosophical Reflections
On the Paths of Existential Semiotics Signs and Transcendence Endo-/Exogenic Signs, Fields, and Worlds Understanding, Misunderstandings, and Self-Understanding Signs of Anxiety; or the Problem of Semiotic Subject
Part Two: In the Forest of Symbols
From Aesthetics to Ethics The "Structural" and "Existential" Styles in 20th Century Arts On the Authenticity and Inauthenticity of Art
Part Three: The Social and Cultural Field of Signs
On Post-colonial Semiosis Semiotics of Landscapes Poetics of Place Walt Disney and Americanness "...and you find the right one" Senses, Values—and Media
Eero Tarasti holds the Chair of Musicology at the University of Helsinki. One of the world's leading semioticians, he is founder and President of the Semiotic Society of Finland, Director of the International Semiotics Institute at Imatra, and author of numerous articles and books, including A Theory of Musical Semiotics (Indiana University Press).
"Tarasti's explanations, analyses and comments of sign processes in art and everyday life might seem amazing at first sight. He is not afraid of heavily speculative and heavily metaphysical thinking. . . . [he] wants to show us that there can be more involved in sign processes than pure conventionality, maybe even something that is beyond the grasp of the Semiotician.34 2004"