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Ruthrof asserts that the regulated, motivated signified is stimulated by imaginability by the reorganization of what a speaker is talking about (aboutness), directly altered by the restoration of speech intention, implied deixis carried by voice.
It is my opinion that a system of symbolic signs is more advanced than a system of iconic signs because the arbitrary nature of the relationship between signifier and signified is more fluid and therefore more open to adaptation and the assimilation of new signifieds.
If we consider such desirable skills to be signifieds themselves, then I posit that video games are one possible set of signifiers by which to communicate them.
In this case, smoke (the signifier) is nature's method of communicating the idea--not to mention the physical immediacy--of fire (the signified).
Because we understand these signs--because we know what concepts are being signified by the symbols on each button--we are able to then navigate a larger body of information.
The puzzle is solved by discovering the relationship between signifier and signified. So let's solve this puzzle together.
We assumed a desired signified (the combination/solution) and worked all of the possible signifiers until we created a meaningful sign.
Perhaps the greatest difference between the Christian tradition and post-structuralism is that the latter questions the former by declaring that there is no ultimate meaning, transcendental signified, or God the very foundation upon which Christian belief is structured.
As a representative of late medieval English mysticism, Walter Hilton, in a popular devotional guidebook from the fourteenth century called The Scale of Perfection, writes about the contemplative search for "Jhesu" in a way that parallels what Jacques Derrida in Of Grammatology and Jacques Lacan in "The Instance of the Letter in the Unconscious" centuries later would say about language--namely, that the signified is endlessly deferred.
My first section discusses Derrida's deferral of the signified in conjunction with certain passages from Hilton's Scale of Perfection; my second section analyzes Augustine's unspeakable "God" from On Christian Doctrine in conjunction with Lacan and *i*ek's definition of the Real; finally, my concluding section will speculate on what these similarities might mean for language, for poststructural theory, and for Christianity.
Meaning, or the signified, is always postponed in relation to the signifier.
Hilton's The Scale of Perfection, a devotional guide for a neophyte contemplative, reveals an understanding of something like the detachment of the signifier from the signified: I mean not this word Jhesu painted on the wall, or written with letters on the book, or formed by lips in sound of the mouth, nor feigned in thine heart by travail of thy mind; for on this manner-wise, may a man out of charity find Him.