Cybersemiotics: Integrating Peircean semiotics with Luhmanian system theory to a transdisciplinary framework

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Cyber(bio)semiotics is devoted to establishing a paradigmatic background for research on how can we integrate a first-person view with the type of knowledge on cognition produced in the natural, life and social sciences. My major claim is that combining Luhmann’s system theory with Peircean phaneroscopically-based semiotics gives a new transdisciplinary framework, which is an alternative to “the unity science” of positivism on one hand, and post-modernism on the other. I advocate Cybersemiotics as a multidimensional semiotic constructive realism, the point of which is that signs as concepts and classifications arise in our embodied biological and social life forms. For our understanding of meaning production a concept has to have a phenomenological and emotional constitution, there is therefore no good reason why the inner world of cognition, emotions, and volition should not be accepted as just as real as the physical world as well as our cultural world of signs and meaning. It is the cultural and linguistic pertubated experiential body that matters in the production of a personal as well as an interpersonal cultural significations sphere permeated with signs. It is only theoretically possible to model signification, if we recognize the experiential body-mind as a complex, phenomenologically dynamic system. But this view is beyond “science”. We therefore need to engage in the construction of a transdisciplinary framework.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event13th IASS-AIS World Congress of Semiotics IASS: CROSS-INTER-MULTI-TRANS - Kaunas University of Technology, Kaunas, Lithuania
Duration: 26 Jun 201730 Jun 2017
Conference number: 13


Conference13th IASS-AIS World Congress of Semiotics IASS
LocationKaunas University of Technology


  • Transdisciplinarity
  • Phaneroscophy
  • Experiential body
  • System theory

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