Biosemiotics 1 (1):41-55 (2008)

Kalevi Kull
University of Tartu
This paper examines the biosemiotic approach to the study of life processes by fashioning a series of questions that any worthwhile semiotic study of life should ask. These questions can be understood simultaneously as: (1) questions that distinguish a semiotic biology from a non-semiotic (i.e., reductionist–physicalist) one; (2) questions that any student in biosemiotics should ask when doing a case study; and (3) still currently unanswered questions of biosemiotics. In addition, some examples of previously undertaken biosemiotic case studies are examined so as to suggest a broad picture of how such a biosemiotic approach to biology might be done
Keywords Semiotic life science   Umwelten  Function  Thresholds and attributes of semiosis  Sebeok’s thesis  Uexküllian question  Qualitative methods in biology  Biosemiotic case studies
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DOI 10.1007/s12304-008-9008-2
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