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    Base para una teoría semántico/pragmática de la información genética
    with Claus Emmeche and Charbel El-Hani
    Metatheoria – Revista de Filosofía E Historia de la Ciencia 7 31--48. 2016.
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    Emergent Sign-Action
    with Pedro Atã
    European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 11 (2). 2019.
    We explore Peirce’s pragmatic conception of sign action, as a distributed and emergent view of cognition and exemplify with the emergence of classical ballet. In our approach, semiosis is a temporally distributed process in which a regular tendency towards certain future outcomes emerges out of a history of sign actions. Semiosis self-organizes in time, in a process that continuously entails the production of more signs. Emergence is a ubiquitous condition in this process: the translation of sig…Read more
  •  4
    Iconic processes and intermediality in the photobooks Silent Book and Sí por Cuba
    with Ana Paula Vitorio
    Semiotica 2019 (231): 39-55. 2019.
    Silent Book and Sí por Cuba are paradigmatic examples of photobooks. Those two works are analyzed in this article based on intermedial studies and on C. S. Peirce’s semiotic. As a result, we observe properties and material components of the book working as iconic processes of the photos and of the relationship between them. It constrains interpretive semiotic behavior and reveals certain characteristics of those photographic images. In addition to identifying and presenting examples of it, we de…Read more
  •  275
    Semiosis as an Emergent Process
    with Charbel Niño El-Hani
    Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 42 (1): 78-116. 2006.
    In this paper, we intend to discuss if and in what sense semiosis can be regarded as an "emergent" process in semiotic systems. It is not our problem here to answer when or how semiosis emerged in nature. As a prerequisite for the very formulation of these problems, we are rather interested in discussing the conditions which should be fulfilled for semiosis to be characterized as an emergent process. The first step in this work is to summarize a systematic analysis of the variety of emergence th…Read more
  •  159
    Semiosis as an emergent process
    with Charbel Niño El-Hani
    Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 42 (1): 78-116. 2006.
    : In this paper, we intend to discuss if and in what sense semiosis (meaning process, cf. C. S. Peirce) can be regarded as an "emergent" process in semiotic systems. It is not our problem here to answer when or how semiosis emerged in nature. As a prerequisite for the very formulation of these problems, we are rather interested in discussing the conditions which should be fulfilled for semiosis to be characterized as an emergent process. The first step in this work is to summarize a systematic a…Read more
  •  19
    Semiosis is cognitive niche construction
    with Pedro Atã
    Semiotica 2019 (228): 3-16. 2019.
    Journal Name: Semiotica Issue: Ahead of print
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    Journal Name: Semiotica Issue: Ahead of print
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    Iconically modeling a demolition process in the photobook Palast Der Republik
    with Letícia Alves Vitral
    Semiotica 2018 (224): 191-209. 2018.
    Palast der Republik, by the photographer Christoph Rokitta, is an independent photobook published in 2013 in Berlin. In the photobook different semiotic resources are coupled in order to iconically model the demolition of the homonymous building in Berlin. In opposition to the trivial notion of icon as sign that stands for its object in a relation of similarity, we analyze the photobook as an icon whose main feature is the possibility of discovering information about its object through its manip…Read more
  •  12
    This paper presents, describes and analyses two photobooks: Palast der Republik and Domesticidades. We claim that, because of their highly iconic features, they can be regarded as epistemic artefacts since they reveal information about their objects, as well as about their own morphological properties. The analysis focuses on the kind of relations the photobooks establish with their respective objects and on the semiotic couplings that can be found in them – a type of interaction between semioti…Read more
  • Artificial Cognition Systems (edited book)
    with A. Loula and R. Gudwin
    Idea Group Publishers. 2006.
  •  610
    Intersemiotic translation and transformational creativity
    with Daniella Aguiar and Pedro Ata
    Punctum 1 (2): 11-21. 2015.
    In this article we approach a case of intersemiotic translation as a paradigmatic example of Boden’s ‘transformational creativity’ category. To develop our argument, we consider Boden’s fundamental notion of ‘conceptual space’ as a regular pattern of semiotic action, or ‘habit’ (sensu Peirce). We exemplify with Gertrude Stein’s intersemiotic translation of Cézanne and Picasso’s proto-cubist and cubist paintings. The results of Stein’s IT transform the conceptual space of modern literature, const…Read more
  •  20
    Intersemiotic Translation of a Mobile Art Project to a Photographic Essay
    with Leticia Vitral and Daniella Aguiar
    photographies 9 (1): 91-107. 2016.
    VIA is a mobile art project (video-dance and computational music) semiotically translated to photographic media by means of formal constraints derived from selected properties of Rio de Janeiro’s predefined downtown routes. Under the constraints of street buildings and the morphology of the routes, questions regarding the influence of the bodily movements of the urban space led to the creation of a dance typology. This typology is related to pedestrians in the area and to the structure of the bu…Read more
  •  749
    Intersemiotic translation (IT) was defined by Roman Jakobson (The Translation Studies Reader, Routledge, London, p. 114, 2000) as “transmutation of signs”—“an interpretation of verbal signs by means of signs of nonverbal sign systems.” Despite its theoretical relevance, and in spite of the frequency in which it is practiced, the phenomenon remains virtually unexplored in terms of conceptual modeling, especially from a semiotic perspective. Our approach is based on two premises: (i) IT is fundame…Read more
  •  260
    A semiotic analysis of the genetic information
    with Charbel El-Hani and Claus Emmeche
    Semiotica - Journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies / Revue de l'Association Internationale de Sémiotique 1 (4): 1-68. 2006.
    Terms loaded with informational connotations are often employed to refer to genes and their dynamics. Indeed, genes are usually perceived by biologists as basically ‘the carriers of hereditary information.’ Nevertheless, a number of researchers consider such talk as inadequate and ‘just metaphorical,’ thus expressing a skepticism about the use of the term ‘information’ and its derivatives in biology as a natural science. First, because the meaning of that term in biology is not as precise as it …Read more
  •  105
    Downward Determination in Semiotic Multi-level Systems
    with Charbel El-Hani
    Cybernetics and Human Knowing -- A Journal of Second Order Cybernetics, Autopoiesis & Semiotics 1 (2): 123-136. 2012.
    Peirce's pragmatic notion of semiosis can be described in terms of a multi-level system of constraints involving chance, efficient, formal and final causation. According to the model proposed here, law-like regularities, which work as boundary conditions or organizational principles, have a downward effect on the spatiotemporal distribution of lower-level semiotic items. We treat this downward determinative influence as a propensity relation: if some lower-level entities a,b,c,-n are under the i…Read more
  •  335
    The Biosemiotic Approach in Biology : Theoretical Bases and Applied Models
    with Claus Emmeche, Kalevi Kull, and Charbel El-Hani
    In George Terzis & Robert Arp (eds.), Information and Living Systems -- Philosophical and Scientific Perspectives, Mit Press. pp. 91-130. 2011.
    Biosemiotics is a growing fi eld that investigates semiotic processes in the living realm in an attempt to combine the fi ndings of the biological sciences and semiotics. Semiotic processes are more or less what biologists have typically referred to as “ signals, ” “ codes, ”and “ information processing ”in biosystems, but these processes are here understood under the more general notion of semiosis, that is, the production, action, and interpretation of signs. Thus, biosemiotics can be seen as …Read more
  •  281
    Habit in semiosis can be modeled both as a macro-level in a hierarchical multi-level system where it functions as boundary conditions for emergence of semiosis, and as a cognitive niche produced by an ecologically-inherited environment of cognitive artifacts. According to the first perspective, semiosis is modeled in terms of a multilayered system, with micro functional entities at the lower-level and with higher-level processes being mereologically composed of these lower-level entities. Accord…Read more
  •  274
    Multilevel poetry translation as a problem-solving task
    with Pedro Ata
    Cognitive Semiotics 9 (2): 139-147. 2016.
    Poems are treated by translators as hierarchical multilevel systems. Here we propose the notion of “multilevel poetry translation” to characterize such cases of poetry translation in terms of selection and rebuilding of a multilevel system of constraints across languages. Different levels of a poem correspond to different sets of components that asymmetrically constrain each other (e. g., grammar, lexicon, syntactic construction, prosody, rhythm, typography, etc.). This perspective allows a poem…Read more
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    Iconic semiosis and representational efficiency in the London Underground Diagram
    with Pedro Atã and Breno Bitarello
    Cognitive Semiotics 7 177-190. 2014.
    The icon is the type of sign connected to efficient representational features, and its manipulation reveals more information about its object. The London Underground Diagram (LUD) is an iconic artifact and a well-known example of representational efficiency, having been copied by urban transportation systems worldwide. This paper investigates the efficiency of the LUD in the light of different conceptions of iconicity. We stress that a specialized representation is an icon of the formal structur…Read more
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    Dicent Symbols in Non-Human Semiotic Processes
    Biosemiotics 5 (3): 319-329. 2012.
    Against the view that symbol-based semiosis is a human cognitive uniqueness, we have argued that non-human primates such as African vervet monkeys possess symbolic competence, as formally defined by Charles S. Peirce. Here I develop this argument by showing that the equivocal role ascribed to symbols by “folk semiotics” stems from an incomplete application of the Peircean logical framework for the classification of signs, which describes three kinds of symbols: rheme, dicent and argument. In an …Read more
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    A Digital Companion to C.S. Peirce
    with Mats Bergman and Sami Paavola
    The Commens Working Papers: Preprints, Research Reports and Scientific Communications. 2014.
    The Commens Papers (http://www.commens.org/papers) publishes preprints, reports, and communications that deal with the philosophy, scientific contributions, and life of C. S. Peirce. The Commens Papers are primarily meant for scholarly products that lack other means of publication, but which the author wishes to bring to the attention of the research community. The papers must meet editorial approval, but they are not fully peer reviewed. The Commens Papers accepts a broad variety of intellectua…Read more
  •  299
    Visualizando Signos
    with Priscila Farias
    Blucher. 2017.
    Os signos e as classes dos signos estão entre os tópicos mais importantes do sistema filosófico de Charles S. Peirce. As 10, 28, e 66 classes de signos são classificações desenvolvidas especialmente a partir de 1903 e representam um grande refinamento da divisão fundamental de signos – ícone, índice, símbolo. Nossa abordagem aqui define uma estratégia de visualização das classificações dos signos, com especial atenção para as 10 e 66 classes de signos. O livro está dividido em duas partes: …Read more
  •  291
    A Peircean Approach to ‘Information’ and its Relationship with Bateson’s and Jablonka’s Ideas
    with Emmeche Claus and El-Hani Charbel Niño
    American Journal of Semiotics 24 (1/3): 75-94. 2008.
    The Peircean semiotic approach to information that we developed in previous papers raises several new questions, and shows both similarities and differences with regard to other accounts of information. We do not intend to present here any exhaustive discussion about the relationships between our account and other approaches to information. Rather, our interest is mainly to address its relationship to ideas about information put forward by Gregory Bateson and Eva Jablonka. We conclude that all t…Read more
  • La emergencia de significado en sistemas semióticos
    Revista de Filosofía (Venezuela) 56 (2): 47-65. 2007.
    Cualquier descripción de la emergencia de significado en sistemas biológicos y artificiales debe apoyarse en un marco teórico que haga posible entender la naturaleza y la dinámica de tales procesos. En este artículo se toma la filosofía pragmática del signo de Charles S. Peirce, que asociamos aquí con el estructuralismo jerárquico de Stanley Salthe, como la base correcta para desarrollar ese marco conceptual. Se formulan algunas preguntas que consideramos fundamentales para asegurar una aplicaci…Read more
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    Modos de irredutibilidade das propriedades emergentes
    with Charbel Niño El-Hani
    Scientiae Studia 3 (1): 9-41. 2005.
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    Semiosis and intersemiotic translation
    Semiotica 2013 (196): 283-292. 2013.
    This paper explores Victoria Welby's fundamental assumption of meaning process (“semiosis” sensu Peirce) as translation, and some implications for the development of a general model of intersemiotic translation.
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    Sobre a Forma do Signo e da Semiose
    with Charbel Niño El-Hani
    Cognitio 11 (1): 122-138. 2010.
    Como representar, por intermédio de modelo geométrico, diagramático, gráfico ou topológico, o signo e a semiose é uma questão cujo tratamento recorrente, por especialistas na obra de C.S. Peirce, sugere a medida de sua importância. Nossos propósitos aqui são: (i) definir signo e semiose, (ii) definir sumariamente “modelo”, (iii) apresentar diversos modelos da semiose, (iv) relacionar os modelos com algumas constrições derivadas da teoria das categorias de Peirce, e, finalmente, (v) apresentar um…Read more