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Metatheoretical Commitments in the Humanities

Interdisciplinary research programs and metasemiotics

Claudio Julio Rodríguez Higuera
From the journal Chinese Semiotic Studies

Abstract

The interdisciplinary grasp of semiotics makes it a good window into how humanities-based research programs deal with the issues of specific theoretical commitments, raising the stakes on how to do theory in a setting of disparity of approaches and methods. The particular case of biosemiotics as a naturalized instance of semiotics is used as a specific example of an interdisciplinary combination of theory and scientific practice to address the necessity of integrating both external methodological elements and scientific discoveries with a theory capable of giving both of these a valid connotation within the discipline. The main claim of the article will be that integrating different methods in humanities-based research programs such as semiotics creates a problematic picture for metatheoretical commitments, but examining this in light of metatheory itself can produce more robust theoretical positions within the humanities.

  1. Funding: This research was supported by the Support of Academic Mobility project at Palacký University Olomouc, project number CZ.02.2.69/0.0/0.0/16 _027/0008482.

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