A prelude to a semioethics of dialogue the aesthetics of enchantment in a new key

Deborah Eicher-Catt

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This paper interrogates the phenomenological experience of enchantment as a sign process. I argue that our ethical intentionality in the world is significantly enhanced when we understand how the aesthetics of enchantment conditions the very possibility of such an ethic as a semiotic phenomenological event of dialogue. First, I discuss a key problematic of contemporary life-our culture of distraction and its impact on our dialogic relations. Next, I outline my thematic-enchantment as consequence of sign actions, both in what I call its "inauthentic" and "authentic" forms. Third, I interpret each form and their impact on the ethics of dialogic relations. Finally, I contend that authentic enchantment, as a semiotic interpretant, signifies an "answering comprehension" or unique expression that resonates with the greater whole, the greater good-demonstrating what Susan Petrilli describes as a productive or pragmatic semioethic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)100-119
Number of pages20
JournalLanguage and Dialogue
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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