Publication 5688

Weber A. (2004) Mimesis and metaphor: The biosemiotic generation of meaning in Cassirer and Uexküll. Sign Systems Studies 32(1/2): 297–307. Fulltext at https://cepa.info/5688
In this paper I pursue the influences of Jakob von Uexküll’s biosemiotics on the anthropology of Ernst Cassirer. I propose that Cassirer in his Philosophy of the Symbolic Forms has written a cultural semiotics which in certain core ideas is grounded on biosemiotic presuppositions, some explicit (as the “emotive basic ground” of experience), some more implicit. I try to trace the connecting lines to a biosemiotic approach with the goal of formulating a comprehensive semiotic anthropology which understands man as embodied being and culture as a phenomenon of general semioses.

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