Ethics and the Semiosis-Semiotics Distinction

  • John Deely St. Vincent College, Latrobe, PA
Keywords: ethics, biosemiotic ethics, biosemiosis, empathy, environment, ecological niche, ecology, Lebenswelt, Charles S. Peirce, zoösemiosis, sign vehicle, representamen, triadic relation, John Poinsot, free will


This essay focuses on the turn to ethics within biosemiotics and rearticulates the difference between semiosis and semiotics in order to orient biosemiotic ethics to the fundamental importance of human responsibility in and to the semiosphere.