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    Organisms as subjects: Jakob von Uexküll and Adolf Portmann on the autonomy of living beings and anthropological difference.Filip Jaroš & Carlo Brentari - 2022 - History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 44 (3):1-23.
    This paper focuses on the links between Jakob von Uexküll’s theoretical biology and Adolf Portmann’s conception of organic life. Its main purpose is to show that Uexküll and Portmann not only share a view of the living being as an autonomous and holistically organized entity, but also base this view on the seminal idea of the subjectivity of the organism. In other words, the respective holistic principles securing the autonomy of the living being—the Bauplan, for Uexküll; the Innerlichkeit, for Portmann—share (...)
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    The Biosemiotic Glossary Project: Umwelt.Morten Tønnessen, Riin Magnus & Carlo Brentari - 2016 - Biosemiotics 9 (1):129-149.
    This is the second article in a series of review articles addressing biosemiotic terminology. The biosemiotic glossary project is designed to integrate views of members within the biosemiotic community based on a standard survey and related publications. The methodology section describes the format of the survey conducted July–August 2014 in preparation of the current review and targeted on Jakob von Uexküll’s term ‘Umwelt’. Next, we summarize denotation, synonyms and antonyms, with special emphasis on the denotation of this term in current (...)
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    Jakob von Uexküll: The Discovery of the Umwelt between Biosemiotics and Theoretical Biology.Carlo Brentari - 2015 - Dordrecht: Imprint: Springer.
    The book is a comprehensive introduction to the work of the Estonian-German biologist Jakob von Uexküll. After a first introductory chapter by Morten Tønnessen and a second chapter on Uexküll's life and philosophical background, it contains four chapters devoted to the analysis of his main works; they are followed by a vast eighth chapter which deals with the influence Uexküll had on other philosophers and scientists, and by a conclusions focused on the possibility of updating Uexküll's work. The monograph combines (...)
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    From the Hiatus Model to the Diffuse Discontinuities: A Turning Point in Human-Animal Studies.Carlo Brentari - 2018 - Biosemiotics 11 (3):331-345.
    In twentieth-century continental philosophy, German philosophical anthropology can be seen as a sort of conceptual laboratory devoted to human/animal research, and, in particular, to the discontinuity between human and non-human animals. Its main notion—the idea of the special position of humans in nature—is one of the first philosophical attempts to think of the specificity of humans as a natural and qualitative difference from non-human animals. This school of thought correctly rejects both the metaphysical and/or religious characterisations of humans, and the (...)
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    A collective fixation of meaning.Carlo Brentari - 2019 - Evolutionary Linguistic Theory 1 (2):143-161.
    The present contribution aims at offering an exposition and a critical evaluation of the philosophical-anthropological theory of the origin of language developed by the American philosopher Susanne K. Langer (1895–1985). Langer’s theory traces human language and, in particular, its denotative and communicative functions, back to the expressive vocal utterances of the pre-human beings from which humanity would have derived. In her inquiry, Langer refers in particular to the article “The festal origin of the human speech” (1891–92), written by the psychologist (...)
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    Konrad Lorenz’s epistemological criticism towards Jakob von Uexküll.Carlo Brentari - 2009 - Sign Systems Studies 37 (3-4):637-659.
    In the work of Lorenz we find an initial phase of great concordance with Uexkülls theory of animals’ surrounding-world (Umweltlehre), followed by a progressive distance and by the occurrence of more and more critical statements. The moment of greater cohesion between Lorenz and Uexküll is represented by the work Der Kumpan, which is focused on the concept of companion, functional circles, social Umwelt. The great change in Lorenz’ evaluation of Uexküll is marked by the conference of 1948 Referat über Jakob (...)
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    Эпистемологический критицизм конрада лоренца по отношению к якобу фон юкскюллу. Резюме.Carlo Brentari - 2009 - Sign Systems Studies 37 (3/4):659-660.
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    Il cerchio del possibile: identità, organismo e persona nella Philosophie der Natur di Nicolai Hartmann.Carlo Brentari - 2019 - Napoli: Orthotes.
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    Im Lärm des Krieges war das Wort verloren: der (un)politische Ferdinand Ebner = Nel fragore della guerra la parola andò perduta: Ferdinand Ebner (im)politico.Carlo Brentari & Silvano Zucal (eds.) - 2019 - Trento: Università degli studi di Trento, Dipartimento di lettere e filosofia.
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    La nascita della coscienza simbolica: l'antropologia filosofica di Susanne Langer.Carlo Brentari (ed.) - 2007 - Trento, Italy: Università degli studi di Trento, Dipartimento di filosofia, storia e beni culturali.
    Questo volume affronta lo sviluppo della teoria filosofica e antropologica di Susanne Langer, mettendo in evidenza l’importanza che in essa riveste un evento particolare della filogenesi della specie umana: la nascita della coscienza simbolica. Il nucleo del concetto di coscienza simbolica è costituito dall’idea di un’organizzazione mentale basata sull’utilizzo di rappresentazioni simboliche e strumenti linguistici, che dischiudono all’uomo inaudite possibilità di esperienza. L’ambito in cui si muove questo libro è quindi in primo luogo quello cognitivo, con particolare riferimento alla differenza (...)
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    4. “The Role of the Missing Reason”: The Search for a Stratum-Specific Form of Determination in Nicolai Hartmann’s Theory of Life.Carlo Brentari - 2016 - In Keith R. Peterson & Roberto Poli (eds.), New Research on the Philosophy of Nicolai Hartmann. Berlin, Germany: De Gruyter. pp. 65-80.
    The problem of teleology is one of the major challenges for theoretical biology and, in general, for every philosophy of life. The debate about the nature of the organism and its difference from inorganic matter cannot come to terms with, at one point or another, the problem that arises from the unavoidable impression of teleology exhibited by the living itself. In this respect, the advantages that a systematic thinker such as Hartmann can offer to the philosophical analysis of life are (...)
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    Correction to: Organisms as subjects: Jakob von Uexküll and Adolf Portmann on the autonomy of living beings and anthropological difference.Filip Jaroš & Carlo Brentari - 2022 - History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 44 (4):1-1.
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    Review of De Smedt & De Cruz (2020): The Challenge of Evolution to Religion. [REVIEW]Carlo Brentari - 2021 - Evolutionary Linguistic Theory 3 (2):245-254.
    This article reviews The Challenge of Evolution to Religion.
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