(ABDUCTION) Abduction: The logic of instinct; (AESTHETICS) Peirce on aesthetics as a philosophical discipline; (INTERPRETANTS) Peirce s triads of the interpretant; (METHODEUTICS) A survey of Peirce s methodeutics; (PERCEPTION) Peirce s theory of perception as a key to his realism.

Lúcia Santaella Braga is Professor at the Post-Graduate Program of Semiotics and Communication Studies at the Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC). Her PhD in in 1973 at PUC was in Literary Studies. In 1993 she completed a thesis on Peirce¹s Methodeutics for the postdoctoral degree of "livre-docência" in Communication Sciences at the University of São Paulo. From 1987 until 1999, Lucia Santaella was the Director of the Post-Graduate Program in Communication and Semiotics at São Paulo Catholic University. 1983 and 1994 she was a Research Associate at the Research Center for Language and Semiotic Studies in Bloomington (Indiana University). 1987, 1997 and 1999 she was a DAAD Visiting Professor and Research Fellow at the universities of Berlin and Kassel. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Latin American Federation of Aesthetics and member of the Brazilian School of Psychoanalysis. From 1982 to 1990 President of the Brazilian Semiotic Association, Lucia Santaella was Vice-President of the International Association for Semiotic Studies until 1999, and is now she is the President of the Latin American Federation of Semiotics. In addition to some 100 articles and 19 books in Brazil, her work comprises more than 40 articles in international journals. Among her book publications are: Produção de Linguagem e Ideologia 1980, 3rd edition 2000, Arte & Cultura 1982, 3rd. ed. 1995, O que é Semiótica? 1983, 21st ed. 1999, A Assinatura das Coisas: Peirce e a Literatura 1992, Cultura das Mídias 1992, 2nd ed. 1996, Percepção: Uma teoria semiótica 1993, Estética de Platão a Peirce 1994, 2nd ed. 2000, Teoria Geral dos Signos 1995, 2nd ed. 2000, Imagem, Cognição, Semiótica, Midia 1998, 2nd ed. 1999 (with Winfried Nöth).

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