Kull K. (2001) Jakob von Uexküll: An introduction. Semiotica 134(1/4): 1–59. Fulltext at https://cepa.info/2405
Jakob von Uexküll: An introduction.
Semiotica 134(1/4): 1–59.
Fulltext at https://cepa.info/2405
First paragraph: The interest in Jakob von Uexküll in semiotics is obvious – he was a starter and pioneer of the semiotic approach in biology in thetwentieth century. The extension of semiotics from humanities, wheresemiotics has been centered during the period of its most intensive develo-pment, to the field of biology, has taken place gradually, with the mostdecisive steps taken onlyvery recently. The conclusion of this development is most fundamental – sign systems embrace all living systems, and the roots of semiotics lie in biology. On the other hand, Uexküll’s main ideawas to build up a biology which can handle the vital processes, and whichcan include the subject, the living self; or life itself, in the sense of Robert Rosen…