Department of Management, Society and Communication

Professor with special responsibilities
PhD, Dr. phil

Room: DAL/2V.025

I am an interdisciplinary researcher that has moved from an MA in biology (ecology and behavioral sciences) over a gold medal thesis in psychology (philosophy of ethology) both Copenhagen. U. through a PhD in philosophy of information sciences (Roskilde U.) after 10 year teaching at the Royal School of Library and Information science to a Habilitat in Cybersemiotics combining the natural, life, social and technical sciences with the humanities though an integration of a Peircean biosemiotic and Luhmann's autopoietic system science into a transdisciplinary framework (Copenhagen Business School).

Cybersemiotics is now described in several international encyclopedias, dictionaries and handbooks in linguistics, semiotics, Informations science, cybernetics and system science.

I created an interdisciplinary journal in the area called "Cybernetics & Human Knowing" in 1992 and have been editor in chief ever since.

Primary research areas
  • Semiotics of information, cognitive, life and communication sciences
  • Interdisciplinarity. transdisciplinarity and methodology
  • Philosophy of the  natural, life, social, information, cognitive, communication and system sciences and humanities
  • Second order cybernetics, systems and autopoiesis theory
  • Cybersemiotics and biosemiotics
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  • IMK, Philosophy of Science – lectures and tutorials
  • EB, Philosophy of Science and Methodology - lectures

Course responsible for:

  • IMK og EOK, Philosophy of Science
  • IMK, Methodology
  • EB, Philosophy of Science and Methodology
  • HA MAT, Philosophy of Science

1. Philosophy of Science and Methodology
2. Interdisciplinarity
3. Semiotics and systems theory in cognition and communication
4. Cybersemiotics
5. The relationship between quantitative and qualitative methods and triangulation
6. The relationship between science, politics and religion, cultural and business rationality
7  CSR, spirituality and organisational communication

Other teaching activities
  • PhD.-courses in the philosophy of natural, life and social sciences as well as humanities
  • PhD-course in Cybersemiotics and its applications
  • PhD-courses in semiotics including biosemiotics
Selected publications
  • Cybersemiotics: Why information is not enough, Toronto: Toronto University Press 2008/10
  • Informationsvidenskabsteori, Frederiksberg: Forlaget Samfundslitteratur. 2004/06
  • C. S. Peirce’s Complementary and Transdisciplinary Conception of Science and Religion, Cybernetics and Human Knowing. Vol. 19, nos. 1-2, pp. 59-94, (2012)
  • Religion, videnskab, følelse og fornuft – kan de virke frugtbart sammen? ,13. marts 2011 kl. 09:46 Kommentarer (413) . (2011)
  • “Cybersemiotic Pragmaticism and Constructivism”, Constructivist Foundations Vol. 5, No. 1, Pp. 19-38 (2009)


Elsevier allowed us to disseminate the link to all articles of the 2015 Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology special issue on Integral Biomathics: Life Sciences, Mathematics, and Phenomenological Philosophy– in which I have two papers - 6 months until July 19th 2016.

2015 JPBMB Special Issue on Integral Biomathics: Life Sciences, Mathematics and Phenomenological Philosophy

Publications & dissemination
Bent Sørensen; Torkild Thellefsen; Søren Brier / "Man Is a Bundle of Habits” in a Universe with an Inherent Tendency to Habit Formation
In: Cybernetics & Human Knowing - A Journal of Second Order Cybernetics, Autopoiesis and Cyber-Semiotics, Vol. 25, No. 1, 2018, p. 9-21
Journal article
Søren Brier / Fagets videnskabsteoris triangueringsproblem i tværvidenskabelige uddannelser
In: Fagets videnskabsteori. ed. /Hanne Andersen; Tom Børsen; David Budtz Pedersen. Frederiksberg : Samfundslitteratur 2018, p. 107-118
Book chapter
Søren Brier / Making Differences Significant : Cybersemiotics’ Non-dual Transdisciplinary Framework of Nature, Mind and Culture.
In: Ecosemiotic Paradigm for Nature and Culture: Transdisciplinary Explorations in the Cybernetics of Learning, Adapting, Understanding & Knowing. . ed. /Zdzisław Wąsik. Mikołów : Adam Mickiewicz University 2018, 2 p., p. 18-19
Conference abstract in proceedings
Søren Brier / Peircean Logic as Semiotic and Biosemiotics as Transdisciplinary Framework
In: Handbook of the 6th World Congress and School on Universal Logic. ed. /Jean-Yves Beziau; Arthur Buchsbaum; Christophe Rey. Vichy : Université Clermont Auvergne 2018, p. 122-123
Article in proceedings
Søren Brier / What Can the Philosophical Framework be for a Transdisciplinary Theory of Embodied Interactive Meaning-making Participatory Behavior?
In: Gesture, Touch, and Embodied Meaning-makingOdense : Syddansk Universitet 2018, 2 p., p. 22-23
Conference abstract in proceedings
Søren Brier / Biosemiotic Anti-humanism : Why Culture Is an Extension of Biology and a Self-organizing System of Meaning.
In: Cybernetics & Human Knowing - A Journal of Second Order Cybernetics, Autopoiesis and Cyber-Semiotics, Vol. 24, No. 2, 2017, p. 93-97
Book review
Søren Brier / Biosemiotics : The Consequences of the Foundational Nature of Autopoisemiotic Agency.
Paper presented at 13th IASS-AIS World Congress of Semiotics IASS, 2017
Søren Brier / C.S. Peirce’s Phenomenological, Evolutionary and Trans-disciplinary Semiotic Conception of Science and Religion
In: Research as Realization: Science, Spirituality and Harmony. . ed. /Ananta Kumar Giri. Delhi : Primus Books 2017, p. 53-96
Book chapter
Søren Brier / Cybersemiotics : Integrating Peircean semiotics with Luhmanian system theory to a transdisciplinary framework.
Paper presented at 13th IASS-AIS World Congress of Semiotics IASS, 2017
Søren Brier / Cybersemiotics
In: GlossariumBITri: Interdisciplinary Elucidation of Concepts, Metaphors, Theories and Problems Concerning Information. . ed. /José María Díaz Nafría; Mario Pérez-Montoro Gutiérrez; Francisco Salto Alemany. : Universidad Estatal Península de Santa Elena 2017, p. 58-64
Book chapter
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