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Human Lifeworlds

The Cognitive Semiotics of Cultural Evolution

By David Duner (Edited by), Goran Sonesson (Edited by)

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Format: Hardback, 402 pages, New edition Edition
Other Information: 28 Illustrations, unspecified
Published In: Switzerland, 09 August 2016
This book, which presents a cognitive-semiotic theory of cultural evolution, including that taking place in historical time, analyses various cognitive-semiotic artefacts and abilities. It claims that what makes human beings human is fundamentally the semiotic and cultural skills by means of which they endow their Lifeworld with meaning. The properties that have made human beings special among animals living in the terrestrial biosphere do not derive entirely from their biological-genetic evolution, but also stem from their interaction with the environment, in its culturally interpreted form, the Lifeworld. This, in turn, becomes possible thanks to the human ability to learn from other thinking beings, and to transfer experiences, knowledge, meaning, and perspectives to new generations.

Table of Contents

Contents: Goran Sonesson/David Duner: The Cognitive Semiotics of Cultural Evolution - Goran Sonesson: Lifeworlds: The Cognitive Semiotics of Culture - Jordan Zlatev: Mimesis: The Role of Bodily Mimesis for the Evolution of Human Culture and Language - Gerd Carling: Language: The Role of Culture and Environment in Proto-Vocabularies - Sara Lenninger: Pictures: Perceptions of Realism in the Service of Communication - Michael Ranta: Art: On the Evolutionary Foundations of Art and Aesthetics - Anna Cabak Redei/Michael Ranta: Narrativity: Individual and Collective Aspects of Storytelling - Chapter Seven: Religion: The Semiotics of the Axial Age - Goran Sonesson/Gunnar Sandin: Urbanity: The City as the Specifically Human Niche - David Duner: Science: The Structure of Scientific Evolutions - David Duner/Goran Sonesson: Encounters: The Discovery of the Unknown - Goran Sonesson: Cultural Evolution: Human History as the Continuation of Evolution by (Partially) Other Means.

About the Author

David Duner, Professor of History of Ideas, Lund University, has been concerned with the history of sciences in the 17th-18th century, and more recently with cognitive history. Goran Sonesson, Professor of Cognitive Semiotics, Lund University, has written extensively on pictorial and cultural semiotics, and more recently on semiotic evolution and development.

EAN: 9783631662854
ISBN: 3631662858
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
Dimensions: 21 x 14.8 centimetres (0.61 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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