Habit in Semiosis: Two Different Perspectives Based on Hierarchical Multi-level System Modeling and Niche Construction Theory

  • Pedro Atã
  • João Queiroz
Part of the Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics book series (SAPERE, volume 31)


Habit in semiosis can be modeled both as a macro-level in a hierarchical multi-level system where it functions as boundary conditions for emergence of semiosis, and as a cognitive niche produced by an ecologically-inherited environment of cognitive artifacts. According to the first perspective, semiosis is modeled in terms of a multilayered system, with micro functional entities at the lower-level and with higher-level processes being mereologically composed of these lower-level entities. According to the second perspective, habits are embedded in ecologically-inherited environments of signs that co-evolve with cognition. Both descriptions offer a novel approximation of Peirce’s semiotics and theoretical findings in other areas (hierarchy theory, evolutionary biology), suggesting new frameworks to approach the concept of habit integrated with its role in semiosis.


Semiosis Hierarchical multi-level system Niche construction Peirce 



P.A. acknowledges the financial support of CAPES Foundation, Ministry of Education of Brazil, Brasília—DF 70040-020, Brazil.


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  1. 1.Federal UniversityJuiz de ForaBrazil

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