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Author Cobley, Paul ♦ Stjernfelt, Frederik
Source SpringerLink
Content type Text
Publisher Springer Netherlands
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©2015
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Natural sciences & mathematics ♦ Life sciences; biology
Subject Keyword Semiotic scaffolding ♦ Humanities ♦ Science ♦ Andy Clark ♦ Cassirer ♦ Peirce ♦ Sebeok ♦ Hoffmeyer ♦ Evolutionary Biology ♦ Linguistics (general) ♦ Philosophy of Science ♦ Psychology ♦ Computing Methodologies
Abstract This paper addresses the concept of semiotic scaffolding by considering it in light of questions arising from the contemporary challenge to the humanities. This challenge comes from a mixture of scientistic demands, opportunism on the part of Western governments in thrall to neo-liberalism, along with crass economic utilitarianism. In this paper we attempt to outline what a theory of semiotic scaffolding may offer to an understanding of the humanities’ contemporary role, as well as what the humanities might offer to the elucidation of semiotic scaffolding. We argue that traditional humanist positions adopted in defence of the humanities fail to articulate the enhancement of humanity that semiotic scaffolding represents. At the same time, we note that the concept of scaffolding is sometimes in danger of taking on a functionalist perspective which understanding the humanities modus operandi is likely to dispel. Putting forward these arguments, we draw on the work of Peirce, Cassirer and Sebeok in elucidating the structural and ‘future-orientated’ benefits of the scaffolding process as it suffuses the humanities.
ISSN 18751342
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2015-07-25
Publisher Place Dordrecht
e-ISSN 18751350
Journal Biosemiotics
Volume Number 8
Issue Number 2
Page Count 14
Starting Page 291
Ending Page 304

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