A note on biorhetorics

  • Kalevi Kull Department of Semiotics, University of Tartu, Tiigi St. 78, 50410 Tartu


This article analyses the possibility to look at living systems as biorhetorical systems. Rhetorics of biology, which studies the rhetoric of biological discourse, is distinguishable from biorhetorics, which attempts to analyse the expressive behaviour of organisms in terms of primordial (unconscious) rhetoric. The appearance of such a view is a logical consequence from recent developments in new (or general) rhetorics on the one hand (e.g., G. A. Kennedy's claim that rhetoric exists among social animals), and from the biosemiotic approach to living systems on the other hand.


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Kull, K. (2001). A note on biorhetorics. Sign Systems Studies, 29(2), 693-704. https://doi.org/10.12697/SSS.2001.29.2.16