Observership, 'knowing' and semiosis

Cobley, Paul ORCID logoORCID: (2018) Observership, 'knowing' and semiosis. Cybernetics and Human Knowing, 25 (1) . pp. 23-47. ISSN 0907-0877 [Article]

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This article asks how future semiotic research, particularly with a biosemiotic orientation, will incorporate a theory of observership. The article take its cue from Sebeok's (1986, 1991a, 1991b) comments on John Archibald Wheeler's conception of the 'participatory universe' and attempts to explicate the relevance of Wheeler's (1994, 1998) philosophy of science for semiotics. The article argues that the quantum view of observership aligns with that of semiotics in that both envisage observation as a field of modification. The article seeks to contribute to recent key debates in the field on 'knowing' sciences on relation and cybersemiotics It develops some of the themes foreshadowed towards the end of an earlier article outlining a future orientated observership in contrast to a vis a tergo perspective.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Media and Performing Arts > Media > English Language and Literature
Item ID: 25134
Notes on copyright: This is an author's accepted manuscript version of an article published by Imprint Academic in the journal 'Cybernetics and Human Knowing'.
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Depositing User: Paul Cobley
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2018 13:56
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2022 12:19

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