Biosemiotics

, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp 329–345

Social is Emotional

Article

DOI: 10.1007/s12304-008-9025-1

Cite this article as:
Böll, M.M.R. Biosemiotics (2008) 1: 329. doi:10.1007/s12304-008-9025-1

Abstract

This is a biological approach to the philosophy of mind that feeds an investigation of the phenomena of “social” and “emotional”, both of which are widespread in nature. I scrutinize the non-dualistic Darwinian concept of the continuity of mind. For practical reasons, I address mind at different levels of organization: The systemic mind are the properties of which a common, coherent evolution works upon. Separated from this is “language-mind”: the crystallization of thought in words, which is a strictly human phenomenon. As the phenomenology of the body is a theory of philosophy that lie beyond language it can—to a certain extent—be extrapolated across a species boundary. In the process the phenomenology of the body comes to resemble biosemiotics and with this tool, I investigate a field study of social play behavior in canids. This leads to a possibility to study the non-human experience of emotion as “locally meaningful phenomena”.

Keywords

Social play behaviorBiosemioticsEthologyThe evolution and distribution of mind and feeling

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Learning Lab DenmarkUniversity of AarhusAarhusDenmark
  2. 2.Institute of Molecular BiologyUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark
  3. 3.Biosemiotic Group CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark