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Life: The communicative Structure
A new Philosophy of Biology
The development of a revolutionary new insight into living
nature and the interrelation between mankind and nature:
The proof that living nature is structured and organized
in a linguistic and communicative manner, from bacteria
up to human beings. Some very interesting aspects of evolution
theory with a bit of lamarckism.
Guenther Witzany has developed the fascinating theory of
the main principle of life phenomena: he shows us three
kinds of communication, those within organisms, those within
species and those between species. Revealing nature as a
universal language community for the first time is a revolutionary
aspect on life and on ourselves.”
Herbert Girardet, Director of Research of the World Future
"In his work, Witzany takes on the
difficult task of developing a new perspective, a new paradigm of living
nature. This is a courageous undertaking. It involves nothing less than
documenting that nature as a whole is 'linguistically structured and
"… that Witzany has successfully developed an independent theory of living
nature that opens the door to a comprehensive understanding of living
Univ.Prof. Thure von Uexküll, Freiburg i.Br.G.
In difference to usual syntactic/semantic interpretations of observations about sign-mediated interactions of living beings (organisms), Witzany introduces consequently the pragmatic point of view in analyzing such processes. This innovative approach of the theory of communicative nature he applies on all known organismic kingdoms. Even for evolution theory new perspectives arise through Witzanys work, because the author argues sign-mediated interaction (communication) as precondition for the possibility of evolutionary processes. Univ.Prof. Rupert Riedl, Konrad Lorenz Institute
Witzany has successfully developed a molecular biological
biosemiotics based on
communication theory and the philosophy of language, without having
on the term "semiotics". Handbuch der Semiotik
"The selected approach is original. The character of the inquiry raised is
interdisciplinary. The presentation of the scientific and especially of
the biological facts is faultless. The solutions offered ultimately lead
the halting discussion between biology, philosophy and theology to a new
Univ.Prof.Günter Altner, university of Koblenz
"The old metaphor of the book of nature acquires an unexpected, new
interpretation through Witzany's investigation in that he deciphers the
text of that book as an expression of the differing forms of communication
that we - as a human language community - are only capable of
understanding because all living things have a common language root."
Univ.Prof. Annemarie Pieper, university of Basel
"In my opinion, Witzany's achievement and contribution lies in having 'broken
down' - for the biological realm - the knowledge gained by linguists such
as N. Chomsky and sociologists such as J. Habermas and having created new
aspects, new fields of inquiry and a new style of thought in the
philosophical understanding of biology."
Univ.Prof. Ottmar Leiß, german clinic for diagnostics, Wiesbaden
"It is not by chance that Mr. Witzany's work has received attention and
positive resonance particularly among semiotics experts and proponents of
psychosomatic medicine. The work does not get mired down in theoretical
aspects. The 'philosophy of biology in the light of pragmatics of language'
that is pursued here could have far-reaching consequences."
Univ.Prof. Franz M. Wuketits, university of vienna
It is an original work, which tells a lot to a philosopher. It
reminds me of André Lwoff's formula: “Molecular biology is the
science of communication between molecules³. Your objective is not
exactly that, but I found it exciting.
Univ.Prof.Dr. Jean Gayon, Sorbonne, Université Paris
We can only express the hope that the author will receive the opportunity
to realize his innovative, imaginative and self-contained framework in a
contemporary philosophy of biology."
Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie, Berlin