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Semiotics for University: Semiosis Makes the World Locally Plural

Kalevi Kuli and Katre Väli
From the journal Chinese Semiotic Studies


The position of semiotics in university can be discovered by the study of the position of semiosis in the universe. Sign action is what constitutes knowing of all kinds, including both propositional and non-propositional knowing. Contemporary semiotic studies have well proved that semiotics belongs to the core of knowledge, which means that semiotics should be one of the main domains, one of the core disciplines in university teaching in parallel to the natural sciences. At several universities in the world this is already happening. One of these-the University of Tartu-can be used as an example worthy of a case study, as it is where semiotics is taught as a major specialty in undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels, and where a course in semiotics is also provided as a core ( methodological) course for students of many specialties. The proper place for semiotics in university entails the cooperation between biosemiotics and cultural semiotics.

Published Online: 2011-9-1
Published in Print: 2011-9-1

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