Author Archives: David Ruaune

About David Ruaune

My main interests are philosophy, psychology and semiotics.

The Figures and the Ground

[Under Construction] Two Cheers for the Trivium Rhetoric was, in the middle ages, partly as a result of scholastic enterprise to put in order the best ideas of antiquity, regarded as one of the seven liberal arts. The seven liberal … Continue reading

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Bridges

“Perhaps it would not satisfy completely, and that is what the esteemed author would have for all the diligence employed, whereas with a promise he could easily benefit himself and others even more than if he had written a prodigy of a system.” … Continue reading

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Complexity

Could “Complexity Theory” be an oxymoron? Melanie Mitchell in her book “Complexity: A Guided Tour” talks of “the sciences of complexity”, and this might indicate a lack of integration to the field. Indeed, John Bragin in a review of the … Continue reading

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On Russian Formalism

“We do not see the walls of our rooms”  Victor Shklovsky Russian Formalism began in the immediately pre-revolutionary period in Russia, developed through the revolutionary and post-revolutionary periods, receiving some negative criticisms from within the new communist regime, most notably from … Continue reading

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Structuralist Poetics and the New Criticism

Re-reading Jonathan Culler’s seminal Structuralist Poetics last summer, I was pleasantly surprised to note that in the chapter on Poetics of the Lyric, (the chapter most at the focus of my own concerns), Culler seemed to indicate that after the … Continue reading

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Maximization

__________________________________________________________ “A poetic text is ‘semantically saturated’, condensing more ‘information’ than any other discourse; but whereas for modern communication theory in general an increase in ‘information’ leads to a decrease in ‘communication’ (since I cannot ‘take in’ all that you … Continue reading

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The Mind Ouroboros

Frames The concept of frames can be traced back, at least, to Kant, who believed that the mind necessarily utilizes Schemas or Schemata. His basic insight was that we understand the world through an internal framework; incoming sensory data, “raw … Continue reading

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