Semiotics and Dialectics: Essays in Honour of Harjeet Singh Gill
“Semiotics” and “Dialectics”: these are the two poles that inform and interpenetrate each other in the thinking of Harjeet Singh Gill. “Two poles”: this is not to be understood as two self-subsistent entities – nominative beings – that are merely opposed in a formal manner of being. Rather, as events of thought, they contaminate each other and purify each other in such a manner that gives to each one its nourishment and fecundity. It is thus possible to say that Harjeet Singh Gill’s philosophy is a semiotic dialectics, or it is a dialectical semiotics, concentrated on the immense question of existence where existence is nothing more nor less than the dialectical in-forming of “being” and “nothing”. Each one informs the other of its own arrival; and the other is formed by this coming in of its other.
This volume brings together essays written in honour of Harjeet Singh Gill by scholars whose works are deeply influenced by his thought, his life and his vision. Most of the contributors were and are his students who are deeply familiar, not only with his books but also with his fascinating personality. And they have spent many evenings with him, drinking the spiritual wine of the soul, feeling themselves enriched and refreshed.
Saitya Brata Das teachers literature and philosophy at Jawaharlal Nehru University. He is also the author of The Political Theology of Kierkegaard (Edinburgh University Press, 2020) and few other books by Aakar.