What do we study when we study the world?
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The essay reflects on the ‘material thinness’ of the ‘bubble’, of the human social reality in comparison to the hugeness of the observable universe. Second, I distinguish between the biosphere as a space on the Earth surface where DNA-based life thrives, on the one hand, and the social reality (semiosphere), on the other; the latter generated solely by humans and their social use of language. On this basis, I propose that while most natural sciences deal with the entire material reality, the purview of the social sciences and the humanities is limited to the human semiosphere only. A conscious realization of the fact appears to put many human pursuits in a better perspective.
Kamusella , T 2019 , ' What do we study when we study the world? ' , Revista de Etnologie şi Culturologie , vol. XXIV , 8 , pp. 54-62 . < http://ethnology.asm.md/archives >
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