Semantics of Culture

Makhov A.

Nenarokova M.

Cultural History

Moskovskaya D.


Chekalov K.

Gorskaja A.


Polyakov T.

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Okorokov A.


Yureneva T.

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Troshin A.

Kazakova O.

Gorskaya A.

Nenarokova M.

UDC 801.73
Makhov A.
«The language of things»: from the medieval hermeneutics to the Renaissance emblematics
Abstract. This article considers the connection between the Renaissance emblematics and the teaching of the «significance of things» (significatio rerum) elaborated in the medieval hermeneutics. Emblematic understanding of thing as a sign capable of combining different or even contradictory meanings was also rooted in the medieval tradition. However, the religious basis of the significatio rerum teaching was, for the most part, lost in emblematics. From the viewpoint of the medieval hermeneutics the meanings of things constituted a whole of «God’s language» (because things were understood as the words in this language), whereas in the emblematics the meanings of things were isolated from each other. Each man, however, was allowed to link these meanings according to his own individual experience thereby creating his own «book of emblems».

Key words: emblem, hermeneutics, Middle Ages, Renaissance, language of things, polysemy.

Makhov Alexandr Evguenievich,
Dr. in Philosophy,
Leading Researcher of The Institute of Scientific Information
for Social Sciences of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow),
e-mail: makhov636@yandex.ru


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