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Publication details for Prof Mikhail Epstein

Epstein, Mikhail (2008). Semiurgy: from Language Analysis to Language Synthesis. Russian Journal of Communication 1(1): 24-41.

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The article focuses on the transition from language analysis to language synthesis as a new strategy in the performative humanities of the early 21st century. In addition to semiotics, the practical discipline of semiurgy (signformation) is described in the context of growing creative potential of electronic communications. For philosophy, it means the turn to linguistic vitalism as an attempt to synthesize the legacies of Nietzsche and Wittgenstein.