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Pikkarainen, E. (2018) Adaptation, learning, Bildung: Discussion with edu- and biosemiotics. Sign Systems Studies, 46 (4), 435. doi:10.12697/SSS.2018.46.4.02

Adaptation, learning, Bildung : discussion with edu- and biosemiotics

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Author: Pikkarainen, Eetu1
Organizations: 1Faculty of Education, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: University of Tartu Press, 2018
Publish Date: 2019-02-28


Learning and adaptation are central problems to both edusemiotics, or semiotics of education, and biosemiotics. Bildung, as an especially human way or form of learning, and evolution as the main form of adaptation for many biologists after Darwin are often regarded as mutually exclusive concepts even though human beings are undeniably one biological species among others. In this article I will try to build a bridge between the biosemiotical, edusemiotical and Bildung-theoretical stances. Central to this discussion is biosemiotician Kalevi Kull and some of his recent publications where he considers adaptation, evolution and learning. The primary theoretical resource that I utilize here, in addition to the general Greimassian, edusemiotical and Bildungtheoretical starting points, is perceptual control theory (PCT) to which I compare the Uexküllian conception of functional circle.

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Series: Sign systems studies
ISSN: 1406-4243
ISSN-E: 1736-7409
ISSN-L: 1406-4243
Volume: 46
Issue: 4
Pages: 435 - 451
DOI: 10.12697/SSS.2018.46.4.02
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
Copyright information: This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.