Mimesis and Metaphor: The biosemiotic generation of meaning in Cassirer and Uexküll

  • Andreas Weber Friedhofsweg 11a, D-21614 Buxtehude, Hamburg

Abstract

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.

Downloads

Download data is not yet available.

Metrics (links, shares etc)

Metrics Loading ...
Published
2004-12-31
How to Cite
Weber, A. (2004). Mimesis and Metaphor: The biosemiotic generation of meaning in Cassirer and Uexküll. Sign Systems Studies, 32(1/2), 297-307. https://doi.org/10.12697/SSS.2004.32.1-2.13
Section
Articles