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    How Can the Study of the Humanities Inform the Study of Biosemiotics?Donald Favareau, Kalevi Kull, Gerald Ostdiek, Timo Maran, Louise Westling, Paul Cobley, Frederik Stjernfelt, Myrdene Anderson, Morten Tønnessen & Wendy Wheeler - 2017 - Biosemiotics 10 (1):9-31.
    This essay – a collection of contributions from 10 scholars working in the field of biosemiotics and the humanities – considers nature in culture. It frames this by asking the question ‘Why does biosemiotics need the humanities?’. Each author writes from the background of their own disciplinary perspective in order to throw light upon their interdisciplinary engagement with biosemiotics. We start with Donald Favareau, whose originary disciplinary home is ethnomethodology and linguistics, and then move on to Paul Cobley’s contribution on (...)
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    Introduction: What is Sociosemiotics?Paul Cobley & Anti Randviir - 2009 - Semiotica 2009 (173):1-39.
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    The Communicative Wheel: Symptom, Signal, and Model in Multimodal Communication.Per Durst-Andersen & Paul Cobley - 2018 - Semiotica 2018 (225):77-102.
    Name der Zeitschrift: Semiotica Jahrgang: 2018 Heft: 225 Seiten: 77-102.
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    The Cultural Implications of Biosemiotics.Paul Cobley - 2010 - Biosemiotics 3 (2):225-244.
    This article focuses on the cultural implications of biosemiotics, considering the extent to which biosemiotics constitutes an “epistemological break” with modern modes of conceptualizing the world. To some extent, the article offers a series of footnotes to points made in the work of Jesper Hoffmeyer. However, it is argued that the move towards ‘agency’ represented in biosemiotics needs to be approached with caution in light of problems of translation between the humanities and the sciences. Notwithstanding these problems, biosemiotics is found (...)
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    Scaffolding Development and the Human Condition.Paul Cobley & Frederik Stjernfelt - 2015 - Biosemiotics 8 (2):291-304.
    This paper addresses the concept of semiotic scaffolding by considering it in light of questions arising from the contemporary challenge to the humanities. This challenge comes from a mixture of scientistic demands, opportunism on the part of Western governments in thrall to neo-liberalism, along with crass economic utilitarianism. In this paper we attempt to outline what a theory of semiotic scaffolding may offer to an understanding of the humanities’ contemporary role, as well as what the humanities might offer to the (...)
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    What the Humanities Are For.Paul Cobley - 2014 - American Journal of Semiotics 30 (3):205-228.
    In the wake of both 9/11 and the financial crisis of 2008, the humanities have been offered as constituents of higher education which, if more prominent and more strenuously promoted, might have prevented both events. At the same time, the humanities have undergone an assault from governments in the West, with massively reduced or wholly cut funding as part of an attempt to promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in universities. The response from parts of the humanities to these government (...)
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  7. Realism for the 21st Century: A John Deely Reader.Paul Cobley (ed.) - 2009 - University of Scranton Press.
    _Realism for the 21st Century_ is a collection of thirty essays from John Deely—a major figure in contemporary semiotics and an authority on scholastic realism and the works of Charles Sanders Peirce. The volume tracks Deely’s development as a pragmatic realist, featuring his early essays on our relation to the world after Darwinism; crucial articles on logic, semiotics, and objectivity; overviews of philosophy after modernity; and a new essay on “purely objective reality.”.
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    John Deely, From the Point of View of Biosemiotics.Paul Cobley, Donald Favareau & Kalevi Kull - 2017 - Biosemiotics 10 (1):1-4.
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    Enhancing Survival by Not Enhancing Survival: Sebeok’s Semiotics and the Ultimate Paradox of Modelling.Paul Cobley - 2014 - American Journal of Semiotics 30 (3):191-204.
    Tom Sebeok lives in recent memory partly because of his phenomenal networking, administration, editing and promotion of individuals in semiotics as well as the disciplinary field in general. Yet this must not be allowed to obscure a body of published writings that is as original as it is eloquent. One of Sebeok’s most penetrating insights arises from his consideration of a fundamental paradox in modern intellectual life, one that traverses the bridge between the ‘hard’ and ‘human’ sciences. Sebeok’s 1979 review (...)
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    Codes and Coding: Sebeok's Zoosemiotics and the Dismantling of the Fixed-Code Fallacy.Paul Cobley - 2014 - Semiotica 2014 (198):33-45.
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    Peirce’s Diagrammatic Reasoning and the Cinema: Image, Diagram, and Narrative in The Shape of Water.Paul Cobley & Yunhee Lee - 2020 - Semiotica 2020 (236-237):29-46.
    This article aims to examine the relationship between image and narrative by means of Peirce’s first trichotomy of qualisign-sinsign-legisign or, for the purposes of the current argument, image-diagram-metaphor. It is argued that narrative, as an extended metaphor, can be examined in three modes: in the image; schematically, in the imagination; and allegorically or in a thought experiment, through hypothetic interpretation. The article outlines two kinds of diagrammatic reasoning emphasized by Peirce: corollarial deduction in which the image is ‘literally seen’ and (...)
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    Human Understanding.Paul Cobley - 2018 - American Journal of Semiotics 34 (1):17-38.
    John Deely’s contributions to the philosophy of signs have transformed semiotics. Key to this development has been Deely’s concern not just with human-produced texts but, instead, with human understanding amidst the context of semiosis in general, including realms beyond that of the human. Underpinning this concern, in turn, is his triad of sign, object and thing: A definite re-orientation of the theory of the sign. In this article it will be suggested that the triad, exemplifying suprasubjectivity and the primacy of (...)
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    Time, Feeling and Abduction.Paul Cobley - 2008 - Semiotics:858-868.
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    Motivation and Interest.Paul Cobley - 2010 - American Journal of Semiotics 26 (1/4):3 - 15.
    In place of an abstract. Jeff Bernard was not afraid of complexity. The last essay of his that I read and published was ‘10 theses on perception in terms of work. A Rossi-Landian/Wittgensteinian point of view’, a title which promised thinking of some considerable sophistication — and delivered with dividends. It was accompanied by a figure in a pdf file that my co-editor and me struggled to understand until well after a few readings and close re-readings of the essay. Away (...)
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    Semiotics, Closure and Technologies of Narrative Communication.Paul Cobley - 2002 - Semiotics:259-287.
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    The Semiotics of Paranoia: The Thriller, Abduction, and the Self.Paul Cobley - 2004 - Semiotica 2004 (148).
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    Identikits.Paul Cobley - 2003 - Semiotica 2003 (146).
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    Human Understanding in Advance.Paul Cobley - forthcoming - American Journal of Semiotics.
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    “Who Goes There?” Reflections on Signs and Personhood in Christopher Hutton’s Integrationism and the Self.Paul Cobley - 2020 - Sign Systems Studies 48 (1):159-173.
    Review of Integrationism and the Self: Reflections on the Legal Personhood of Animals [Series Routledge Advances in Communication and Linguistic Theory] by Christopher Hutton. London: Routledge, 2019, 190 pp.
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    To Be Means to Communicate.Paul Cobley - 2014 - American Journal of Semiotics 30 (3):229-246.
    This paper explores the idea that ‘structure facilitates’. It argues that the idea is central to contemporary semiotics and refers to two traditions that exemplify the idea in respect of subjectivity. The first tradition stems from ‘sociosemiotics’ and the work of Bakhtin, Halliday, Kress, Ponzio and Petrilli; the second stems from ‘biosemiotics’ and the work of Hoffmeyer, Deely and, especially, Sebeok. The paper argues that, ultimately, the two traditions are closely related in their framing of the subject. This conclusion is (...)
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    Analysing Narrative Genres.Paul Cobley - 2001 - Sign Systems Studies 29 (2):479-502.
    There can be little doubt that human consciousness is now suffused with narrative. In the West, narrative is the focus of a number of lucrative industries and narratives proliferate as never before. The importance of popular genres in current narrative is an index of the demise of authorship in the face of new media and has necessitated the renewal of the term "genre" in narrative analysis over the last hundred years or so. However. this article attempts to make clear that (...)
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    Preface.Paul Cobley - 2009 - Semiotica 2009 (173).
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    Narratiivsete žanrite analüüs. Kokkuvõte.Paul Cobley - 2001 - Sign Systems Studies 29 (2):502-502.
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    Ethical Food Packaging and Designed Encounters with Distant and Exotic Others.David Machin & Paul Cobley - 2020 - Semiotica 2020 (232):251-271.
    There has been criticism of how Fair-Trade products represent workers in remote parts of the world where packaging offers an encounter with distant others which romanticizes and homogenizes them as a pre-modern form of ethnicity. Such workers are shown as always engaged in authentic, simple, honest decontextualized manual labor. And they are depicted as highly appreciative of, and empowered by, the act of ethical shopping. This paper shows that a close social semiotic analysis of Fair-Trade packaging reveals a different set (...)
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    Vistas for Organized Global Semiotics.Paul Cobley & Kristian Bankov - 2016 - Semiotica 2016 (211):9-18.
    Name der Zeitschrift: Semiotica Heft: Ahead of print.
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    Farewell to Brass Tacks.Paul Cobley - 2003 - Semiotica 2003 (147).
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    Marketing the Glocal in Narratives of National Identity.Paul Cobley - 2004 - Semiotica 2004 (150):197-225.
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    Editorial: Signs and Communicators.Paul Cobley, Adrian Pable & Johan Siebers - 2020 - Sign Systems Studies 48 (1):7-11.
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    Seeking Other Routes.Paul Cobley - 2008 - Semiotica 2008 (169):249-252.
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    Objectivity and Immanence in Genre Theory.Paul Cobley & Garin Dowd - 2006 - In Garin Dowd, Lesley Stevenson & Jeremy Strong (eds.), Genre Matters. Intellect. pp. 41--53.
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