Distinguishing Reality from Discourse in Chinese: Historiography from a Point of View of Historical Semiotics

American Journal of Semiotics 23 (1/4):45-53 (2007)
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Interdisciplinary and cross-cultural semiotics will systematically change the present-day academic compartmentalization, especially impacting the constitutionof historiography. Emphasizing the distinction between reality and discourse this paper suggests a new historiographic view based on documents-centrism rather than periodical division. Then historians can more reasonably reach historical truth in a hermeneutic term. Following a semiotic rereading of a modern Chinese historical school Gu-Shi-Bian, a more serious comparative historical theory will be established in the global humanities. This modern critical Chinese historiography will be instructive to the development of historical science in the world.



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