This issue presents the rapidly growing field of biosemiotic ethics. In the past two decades, biosemioticians have began to tease out the ethical implications of biosemiotics. The foundational argument is that if semiosis is a morally-relevant capacity, and if all living systems are semiotic, then biosemiosis can serve as the basis for justifying the attribution of moral status to humans, to animals and plants, and even to ecosystems. Biosemiotic ethics opens the road towards a perspective that connects ecological thinking with ethical perspectives.
Special issue on biosemiotic ethics now open access
The special issue of Zeitschrift für Semiotik on biosemiotic ethics guest-edited by Morten Tønnessen, Yogi Hendlin and Jonathan Beever is now freely available online, downloadable in PDF format. It includes contributions by the editors, John Deely, Andreas Weber, Hans Werner Ingensiep, Jessica Ullrich, Konrad Ott, Gerald Ostdiek and Wendy Wheeler.
All articles are licensed under the CC-BY 4.0 International license.