Towards an Existential Ecology

  • Andreas Weber

Part of the Biosemiotics book series (BSEM, volume 14)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Andreas Weber
    Pages 1-10
  3. Andreas Weber
    Pages 11-24
  4. Andreas Weber
    Pages 25-31
  5. Andreas Weber
    Pages 33-45
  6. Andreas Weber
    Pages 47-59
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    Pages 71-82
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  12. Andreas Weber
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  13. Andreas Weber
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  14. Andreas Weber
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  15. Back Matter
    Pages 143-150

About this book


Meaning, feeling and expression – the experience of inwardness – matter most in human existence. The perspective of biopoetics shows that this experience is shared by all organisms. Being alive means to exist through relations that have existential concern, and to express these dimensions through the body and its gestures. All life takes place within one poetic space which is shared between all beings and which is accessible through subjective sensual experience. We take part in this through our empirical subjectivity, which arises from the experiences and needs of living beings, and which makes them open to access and sharing in a poetic objectivity. Biopoetics breaks free from the causal-mechanic paradigm which made biology unable to account for mind and meaning. Biology becomes a science of expression, connection and subjectivity which can understand all organisms including humans as feeling agents in a shared ecology of meaningful relations, embedded in a symbolical and material metabolism of the biosphere.


Semiotics Embodiment Enactivism Dualism Anthropocene

Authors and affiliations

  • Andreas Weber
    • 1
  1. 1.und.Institut für Kunst Kultur und Zukunftsfähigkeit e.V.BerlinGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-94-024-0830-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-024-0832-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1875-4651
  • Series Online ISSN 1875-466X
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