Volume 15 · Number 3 · Pages 283–285
Breaking Out of the Recursive Loop with Cognitive Semiotics

Jordan Zlatev

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Open peer commentary on the article “Semiosis as Eigenform and Observation as Recursive Interpretation” by Diana Gasparyan. Abstract: Gasparyan sketches a semiotic theory where world, mind and language - the latter a stand-in for all semiosis - collapse into one “recursive” whole. In contrast, cognitive semiotics differentiates life-world from subject and perception from signification, as well as between different semiotic systems, of which language is only one.

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Zlatev J. (2020) Breaking out of the recursive loop with cognitive semiotics. Constructivist Foundations 15(3): 283–285. https://constructivist.info/15/3/283

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