Essential Readings in Biosemiotics

Anthology and Commentary

  • Donald Favareau

Part of the Biosemiotics book series (BSEM, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Sebeok’s Precursors and Influences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
  3. Sebeok’s Precursors and Influences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Donald Favareau
      Pages 81-114
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  4. The Biosemiotic Project of Thomas A. Sebeok

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-215
    2. Donald Favareau
      Pages 257-277
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      Pages 279-321
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      Pages 323-335
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      Pages 337-376
  5. Independent Approaches to Biosemiotics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 415-415
    2. Donald Favareau
      Pages 417-443
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      Pages 463-500
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  6. The Contemporary Interdiscipline of Biosemiotics

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 797-880

About this book


Synthesizing the findings from a wide range of disciplines – from biology and anthropology to philosophy and linguistics – the emerging field of Biosemiotics explores the highly complex phenomenon of sign processing in living systems. Seeking to advance a naturalistic understanding of the evolution and development of sign-dependent life processes, contemporary biosemiotic theory offers important new conceptual tools for the scientific understanding of mind and meaning, for the development of artificial intelligence, and for the ongoing research into the rich diversity of non-verbal human, animal and biological communication processes.

Donald Favareau’s Essential Readings in Biosemiotics has been designed as a single-source overview of the major works informing this new interdiscipline, and provides scholarly historical and analytical commentary on each of the texts presented. The first of its kind, this book constitutes a valuable resource to both bioscientists and to semioticians interested in this emerging new discipline, and can function as a primary textbook for students in biosemiotics, as well.

Moreover, because of its inherently interdisciplinary nature and its focus on the ‘big questions’ of cognition, meaning and evolutionary biology, this volume should be of interest to anyone working in the fields of cognitive science, theoretical biology, philosophy of mind, evolutionary psychology, communication studies or the history and philosophy of science.


Animal cognition Biological sign Biosemiotics Evolution Evolution of meaning Symbol processing biology evolutionary biology linguistics

Authors and affiliations

  • Donald Favareau
    • 1
  1. 1.University Scholar ProgrammeNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-9649-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-9650-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1875-4651
  • Series Online ISSN 1875-466X
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