Explanation and Power: The Control of Human Behaviour - Morse PeckhamThe Seabury Press, 1979, Paperback (Uncorrected Proof).
Condition: Good. An adequate reading copy only. Gently faded at the spine with some soiling of the wraps. A slightly dog-eared copy. Cutting pasted to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight.
Explanation and Power proposes a radical theory of meaning; that is, meaning as response. Meaning is not immanent in word or sign, natural or man-made. Human behaviour depends on interaction, and interaction depends upon the stabilization of the meanings of verbal and non-verbal signs. Ultimately meaning can be stabilized only by explanation and when explanation fails, by force.