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Sign Systems Studies

Volume 30, Issue 1, 2002

Mihhail Lotman
Pages 33-39

Umwelt and semiosphere

In the paper an attempt is made to treat the basic concepts of biosemiotics and semiotics of culture in a wide intellectual context. The three leading paradigms of the current intellectual discourse are distinguished, which could be conventionally designated as “classical”, “modern” and “postmodern”: Peirce’s semiosis stands for the classical, Umwelt for the modern and semiosphere for the postmodern semiotic space.

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