• Kommunikation, Inferentialismus und Semiotik. Robert B. Brandoms „Expressive Vernunft“
    Vol. 36 No. 3-4 (2014)

    This special issue investigates the philosophical and linguistic pragmatism developed by Robert B. Brandom in his book Making It Explicit. From various perspectives, the contributions of the book investigate the connections between various aspects of Brandom’s pragmatism and semiotic theories and approaches.

  • Lachen als Zeichenprozess
    Vol. 37 No. 1-2 (2015)

    The thematic issue “Laughter as a sign process” examines laughter from different disciplinary perspectives, in view of its semiotic dimensions as a means of communication. It provides an overview of laughter research, combining approaches from psychology, linguistics, philosophy, comics research and other fields. The contributions investigate laughter as a symbolic and communicative phenomenon in its psychological, historical, literary, and cultural dimensions.

  • Biosemiotic Ethics
    Vol. 37 No. 3-4 (2015)

    This issue presents the rapidly growing field of biosemiotic ethics. In the past two decades, biosemioticians have began to tease out the ethical implications of semiosis as a capacity of living beings. The foundational argument is that if semiosis is a morally-relevant capacity, and if all living systems are semiotic, then biosemiosis can serve as the basis for justifying the attribution of moral status to humans, to animals and plants, and even to ecosystems. Biosemiotic ethics opens the road towards a perspective that connects ecological thinking with ethical perspectives.