One of the central claims advanced in my book on Theosemiotic is that human experience consists of continuous acts of reading and rereading. The “texts” under examination can be as massive as the “book of nature” conceived in the broadest possible terms or as determinate as another human being with whom I am now engaged in conversation. In the remarks to follow, my reading is of the latter type, although my “conversation” with the five individuals who represent my interlocutors here is mediated by the written texts that constitute their critical reviews of my book. I have had the opportunity since receiving them to read and then reread them several times. The brief reply that is presented in these pages only serves to initiate what I hope can be a sustained dialogue with these individuals, concerning philosophical and theological issues that I clearly regard as being of the utmost significance....
Reading Readers Reading: A Brief Reply to my Interlocutors
Michael L. Raposa is Professor of Religion Studies and the E. W. Fairchild Professor of American Studies at Lehigh University. He is the author of four books: Peirce's Philosophy of Religion (Indiana, 1989), Boredom and the Religious Imagination (Virginia, 1999), Meditation and the Martial Arts (Virginia, 2003), and Theosemiotic: Religion, Reading, and the Gift of Meaning (Fordham, 2020). Raposa has published numerous articles focused on the thought of Charles S. Peirce and the relevance of pragmatism for contemporary religious thought.
Michael L. Raposa; Reading Readers Reading: A Brief Reply to my Interlocutors. American Journal of Theology & Philosophy 1 September 2022; 43 (2-3): 117–135. doi: https://doi.org/10.5406/21564718.104.22.168.07
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