Biosemiotics

A Biosemiotic Ontology

The Philosophy of Giorgio Prodi

Authors: Cimatti, Felice

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  • Provides an introduction to Giorgio Prodi as one of the most important biosemioticians in recent time
  • Presents a complete unitary theory of life, from viruses to consciousness and religious feeling, based on biosemiotics
  • Discusses various forms of Giorgio Prodi's “realisms
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Giorgio Prodi (1928-1987) was an important Italian scientist who developed an original philosophy based on two basic assumptions: 1. life is mainly a semiotic phenomenon; 2. matter is somewhat a semiotic phenomenon.

Prodi applies Peirce's cenopythagorean categories to all phenomena of life and matter: Firstness, Secondness, and Thirdness. They are interconnected meaning that the very ontology of the world, according to Prodi, is somewhat semiotic. In fact, when one describes matter as “made of” Firstness and Secondness, this means that matter ‘intrinsically’ implies semiotics (with Thirdness also being present in the world).

At the very heart of Prodi’s theory lies a metaphysical hypothesis which is an ambitious theoretical gesture that places Prodi in an awkward position with respect to the customary philosophical tradition. In fact, his own ontology is neither dualistic nor monistic. Such a conclusion is unusual and weird, but much less unusual in present time than it was when it was first introduced. The actual resurgence of various “realisms” make Prodi’s semiotic realism much more interesting than when he first proposed his philosophical approach. What is uncommon, in Prodi perspective, is that he never separated semiotics from the materiality of the world. Prodi does not agree with the “standard” structuralist view of semiosis as an artificial and unnatural activity. On the contrary, Prodi believed semiosis (that is, the interconnection between Firstness, Secondness and Thirdness) lies at the very bottom of life. On one hand, Prodi maintains a strong realist stance; on the other, a realism that includes semiosis as ‘natural’ phenomena. This last view is very unusual because all forms, more or less, of realism exclude semiosis from nature but they frequently “reduce” semiosis to non-semiotic elements. According to Prodi, semiosis is a completely natural phenomenon.

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Felice Cimatti is an Italian philosopher and semiotician. Giorgio Prodi was an Italian well-known medical scientist, philosopher, and semiotician. Prodi was - together with Thomas Sebeok and Thure von Uexküll - one of co-founders of contemporary biosemiotics.  


Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Biosemiotic Ontology
Book Subtitle
The Philosophy of Giorgio Prodi
Authors
Series Title
Biosemiotics
Series Volume
18
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-97903-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-97903-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-97902-1
Series ISSN
1875-4651
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
V, 159
Number of Illustrations
14 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
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