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Humanities 2018, 7(2), 57; https://doi.org/10.3390/h7020057

Rethinking the Essence of Human and Other-Than-Human Communication in the Anthropocene Epoch: A Biosemiotic Interpretation of Edgar Morin’s “Complex Thought”

Department of Classical & Modern Languages and Literatures, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS 39762, USA
Received: 28 March 2018 / Revised: 11 May 2018 / Accepted: 29 May 2018 / Published: 2 June 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Literature and Environment—The Cradle of Ecocriticism)
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The purpose of this essay is to explore the philosophical and linguistic implications of the French philosopher Edgar Morin’s “complex thought.” In stark contrast to standard communicative models which profess that Homo sapiens are the only organisms that are capable of engaging in semiosis, Morin unequivocally proves that other-than-human communication is laden with significance and purpose. Living on an imperiled planet that is increasingly defined by an anthropogenic, ecological calamity that is spiraling further out of control with each passing day, Morin persuasively argues that we must transcend our myopic, anthropocentric frame of reference and adopt a more ecocentric view of communication. View Full-Text
Keywords: Edgar Morin; Biosemiotics; non-human communication; semiosis; biocentrism; Anthropocene epoch Edgar Morin; Biosemiotics; non-human communication; semiosis; biocentrism; Anthropocene epoch
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Moser, K. Rethinking the Essence of Human and Other-Than-Human Communication in the Anthropocene Epoch: A Biosemiotic Interpretation of Edgar Morin’s “Complex Thought”. Humanities 2018, 7, 57.

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