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Biosphere as semiosphere: Variations on Lotman

Anton Markoš
2014 Sign Systems Studies  
Th e analogy between semiosphere (world of cultures) and biosphere (world of life), coined by J. Lotman, is a courageous attempt to interconnect two seemingly incompatible worlds. In congruence with his view, I would like to convince the reader that the only possible general defi nition of life is "a system born, endowed with semiosis, with history". Such a view requires considering biosphere and semiosphere as coextensive, which requires merging the cultural, scientifi c, historical, and
more » ... storical, and linguistic approaches into a coherent whole. 2
doi:10.12697/sss.2014.42.4.03 fatcat:rnnmfqhhyvdnnav6jhu7kllpwi