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Vol. 2 No. 2 (2022): Borders, liminalities and edges of the experience. Advances in understanding human dynamic development

On the role of semiotic bordering in the hierarchical structures of biological systems

October 31, 2022


In this paper, I examine the variety of hierarchical structures that biological systems have been able to construe by changing the extension of their borders. By acting as a space/time structure separating the inside from the outside, a border allows one to be distinguished from otherness and to perceive as meaningful any difference from the external environment. Based on these premises, I then discuss the role these borders have played in the course of evolution for allowing both eukaryotic cells to become functionally differentiated and multi-cellular organisms be equipped with a bodily basis for cognition.