Construction and Loss of the Semantic Fields

By Luz del Carmen Vilchis Esquivel.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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The formation of a semantic field implies the opening of an area of sense in the existence of human beings related to the social, political, religious, professional, playful, etc. The more semantic fields cover an individual, the more they expand his links with the world, his relation with the other and the understanding of reality under which the semantic fields are conceived. Each implies the arrest of an epistemological field. However globalization, the impact of monoculture, the loss of space, and the adoption of areas or common places, decreases substantively the semantic fields and individuals integrated into the dominant masses, a consequent loss of their semantic fields. The foregoing means an impoverishment not only of vocabulary, but also of reasoning, which would be limited to a shortage of concepts for thinking, expressing thought, engaging disquisitions and, more painfully, assuming a critical attitude towards mundane circumstances. The inadequacy of semantic fields, or their reductionism to environments of exaltation or passion, marginalizes the possibilities of reflection and imagination by limiting the intellect to superficiality.

Keywords: Semantic Fields, Sense, Worldview

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 10, pp.199-204. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 731.058KB).

Prof. Luz del Carmen Vilchis Esquivel

Professor, Visual Arts Postgraduate Program, National School of Visual Arts, National Autonomous University of Mexico, México, DF, Mexico

Dra. Vilchis Esquivel was the first graphic designer accepted into the Mexican National System of Researchers. She has degrees in graphic design and philosophy, a Master’s in communication and graphic design, a PhD in fine arts from the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, a PhD in philosophy from the UNAM, and a PhD Honoris Causa in educational philosophy from the Ibero-American Council of Education in Uruguay. She has been a professor for 32 years in the Postgraduate Program of National School of Visual Arts at UNAM. She is a pioneer in Mexico in the use of digital resources in arts and design and has published 12 books about graphic design and visual arts theory and methodology, the semiotics of non-linear languages, graphic design hermeneutics, and Mexican graphic design history. She has 15 contributions to books, 65 papers, and 18 didactic manuals. She is a professional graphic designer working in Mexico, the USA, Canada, and Greece in firms like BMG Entertainment, Environmental Law Institute, and UNESCO and has won several international awards. She is a visual artist who has had 56 exhibitions in 28 countries. During the years 2002–2006 she was the first female director of the National School of Visual Arts in 250 years.


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