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  1. Well, who's talking about what…

    For some, it was formulated in the XX century in the era of postmodernism, but, as for me,it has its roots in the Neo-Platonists. If Plotinus could still say that “the world is the Poetry of God”, then already in the Renaissance and Baroque periods the thesis that “the world is the Book of God” (or of Nature, they could still say) would be directly circulated.

    Yes, the word “textum” then still had its etymological meaning of “connection”, rather than the pragmatic structure that the text is thought of today in philological science. In general, something close to this idea can be observed in the deep history of ideas, not necessarily in the XX century to wander)

  2. This is the general idea of the philosophy of postmodernism. The world is like text, everywhere you can “read” information and ideas. This is Derrida, and Bart, and Foucault, and the whole school.

  3. I would say Lacan. “The world is a text” means that the world is a closed chain of signifiers. But what is interesting is that any sign is, in essence, a sign of the very possibility of designating, of the very possibility of signifying or denoting. For example, when we say the word “table”, we first of all, if you think about it, do not mean the object (table), but the very possibility that we can mean that it is possible. As a result, if we develop Lacan's idea, it turns out that the world as a closed chain of signifiers is essentially a single signifier that means itself, that is, the very possibility of signification.

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