A World of Signs: Baroque Pansemioticism, the Polyhistor and the Early Modern Wunderkammer

  title={A World of Signs: Baroque Pansemioticism, the Polyhistor and the Early Modern Wunderkammer},
  author={Jan Westerhoff},
  journal={Journal of the History of Ideas},
  pages={633 - 650}
  • Jan Westerhoff
  • Published 1 October 2001
  • Philosophy
  • Journal of the History of Ideas
This paper is an attempt to argue that there existed a very prominent view of signs and signification in late sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Europe which can help us to understand several puzzling aspects of baroque culture. This view, called here "pansemioticism," constituted a fundamental part of the ba- roque conception of the world. After sketching the content and importance of pansemioticism, I will show how it can help us to understand the (from a modern perspective) rather puzzling… 
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