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RASTIER, François. Sign and Negativity: a saussurian revolution. Tóp. Sem [online]. 2007, n.18, pp.13-55. ISSN 2594-0619.

Saussure is the first western theoretician to make negativity the foundation of the very definition of linguistic unity, breaking with the positivity of substances as guarantors of reference since Aristotle. The consequences of this break as it concerns the model of signs barely begins to be understood in light of some recently discovered manuscripts. There is now no more closure for the sign and semiotics thus answers to a principle of contextuality. In this more broad sense, it is culture that is reached by this conceptual revolution that even concerns philosophic anthropology.

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