C18/Romanticism Colloquium Talk: Leif Weatherby
Lecture: English Department and Affiliated | November 7 | 5:30 p.m. | 300 Wheeler Hall
Please mark your calendars for an upcoming talk hosted by the Eighteenth-Century and Romanticism Colloquium. Leif Weatherby will be presenting a paper titled, "Digital Semiotics: German Idealism, Cybernetics, and the Sign" on Thursday, November 7th at 5:30 pm in Wheeler 300.
Leif is an Associate Professor of German at NYU and the author of Transplanting the Metaphysical Organ: German Romanticism between Leibniz and Marx (Fordham 2016).
Digital Semiotics: German Idealism, Cybernetics, and the Sign
Digital machines are sign-making machines. This basic fact was known - and crucial - to the first generation of computer architects, who often tied their work to a philosophical trajectory from Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz to Charles Sanders Peirce. This talk traces the semiotic origins of digital technologies and its consequences for what Max Bense, the most important semiotician of the digital, called "information aesthetics," aiming to lay the groundwork for a theory of the digital.