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“WHO IS JOHN DEELY?”
A Contemplative Reflection on the Journey of a Philosopher and Semiotician
By FAROUK SEIF, PH.D.
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The question, “Who Is John Deely?”, with its use of “is” rather than “was”, emphasizes that Deely is semiotically still with us. To answer this question, one must contemplatively reflect on his philosophical and semiotic inquiries. Such a contemplative reflection is the means whereby we can acquire a deeper understanding of one of the most prolific scholars of our time. John Deely navigates through a rewarding intellectual and spiritual journey. His graduate education at the Pontifical Faculty of Philosophy of the Aquinas Institute of Theology, in River Forest, shaped his Dominican formation. It is not a surprise that John ended up at Saint Vincent College. In a manner analogous to the Dominican Order, John Deely does not confine himself in the ivory tower of academic institutions. He travels far and wide, encouraging others to comprehend the role of signs and the peculiar nature of relations. Meandering creatively through life and traversing the boundaries of various disciplines, Deely raises our awareness of many fascinating semiotic phenomena by his continuous presence in our lives. His spirit and intellect do, and always will, live on with us. Indeed, he very much still “Is”.
Farouk Y. Seif, PhD is Professor Emeritus, Antioch University Seattle, former President of the Semiotic Society of America, a registered architect, and an artist. Prior to becoming an American citizen, Seif was born and raised in Egypt with a Coptic background. His main interests are design, semiotics, paradoxes, transdisciplinarity, and transmodernity. He has taught in universities and lectured at conferences worldwide. He was the recipient of the 2010 Fulbright Specialists Program at University of Sofia, Bulgaria. He has authored more than 70 articles and a dozen book chapters. His book De-sign in the Transmodern World is a state-of-the-art integration of design and semiotics.
THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 2021 4:00 P.M. (EASTERN STANDARD TIME)
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