Volume 15 · Number 2 · Pages 137–139
Codes: Necessary, but not Sufficient for Meaning-Making

Kalevi Kull

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Open peer commentary on the article “A Critique of Barbieri’s Code Biology” by Alexander V. Kravchenko. Abstract: One of the main problems of biosemiotics, i.e., the distinction between code-based artifacts and (meaning-making) life itself, does not seem to be resolved yet. Semiosis requires codes but it cannot be based on a single code. I sketch a model that demonstrates the role of codes in semiosis and helps to see correspondences between the models of Peirce and Saussure.

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Kull K. (2020) Codes: Necessary, but not sufficient for meaning-making. Constructivist Foundations 15(2): 137–139. https://constructivist.info/15/2/137

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