Abduction, Medical Semeiotics and Semioethics

  • Susan Petrilli
Part of the Studies in Computational Intelligence book series (SCI, volume 64)

Summary. My paper starts from Thomas A. Sebeok (1920-2001) and his conception of semiotics integrated with Charles Sanders Peirce’s pragmatic concept of “abduction”, disregarded by Sebeok in his own original reformulation of Peircean theory. Sebeok was not interested in logic just as he was not interested in critiquing today’s social system. Sebeok denominated his particular approach to semiotics as “global semiotics”. Taking global semiotics as our starting point, we propose to develop it in the direction of semioethics, which presupposes Sebeok’s interpretation of ancient medical semeiotics or symptomatology as an initial phase in the history of semiotics.


Global Communication Modeling Device Semiotic Perspective Entire Planet Summum Bonum 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 1.
    Peirce, C.S.: Chance, Love and Logic. Harcourt, New York (1923) edited by Morris R. CohenGoogle Scholar
  2. 2.
    Peirce, C.S.: Collected Papers of Charles Sanders Peirce. The Belknap Press Harvard University Press, Cambridge (Mass.) (1931-1966) edited by eds. C. Hartshorne, P. Weiss, and A. W. Burks, 8 Vols., (References are to CP, followed by volume and paragraph numbers)Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Sebeok, T.A., ed.: How Animals Communicate. Indiana University Press, Bloomington, IN (1979)Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Sebeok, T.A.: A Sign Is Just a Sign. Indiana University Press, Bloomington (1991)Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Sebeok, T.A.: The Play of Musement. Indiana University Press, Bloomington, IN (1981)Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Gould, S.J., Vrba, E.: Exaptation. Palebiology 8(1) (1982) 14-15Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Sebeok, T.A.: American Signatures. Semiotic Inquiry and Method. Oklahoma Press, Norman-London (1991) edited by I. SmithGoogle Scholar
  8. 8.
    Sebeok, T.: Signs. An Introduction to Semiotics. Toronto University Press, Toronto (2001)Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    Sebeok, T.A., Danesi, M.: The Forms of Meaning. Modeling Systems Theory and Semiotic Analysis. Mouton de Gruyer, Berlin (2000)Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan Petrilli
    • 1
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Pratiche Linguistiche e Analisi di TestiUniversity of BariBariItaly

Personalised recommendations