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Meaning theory: a theory that seeks to explain the meaning of meaning. Problem the concept of meaning and truth seem to presuppose each other.

Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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I 12
Meaning Theory/M.Th./Schiffer: assuming compositionality, you can identify language with the system of conventions in P - then one has (with Davidson) the form of meaning theory .. - No one has ever done this.
I 182
Truth Theory/Schiffer: cannot be a meaning theory because its knowledge would not be sufficient for understanding the language.
I 220
Meaning Theory/Schiffer: not every language needs a correct meaning theory - because it has to do without the relation theory for belief.
I 222
The relation theory for belief is wrong when languages have no compositional truth-theoretical semantics - otherwise it would be true.
I 261
Meaning/Meaning Theory/language/Schiffer: Thesis: all theories of language and thought are based on false prerequisites - Error: to think that language comprehension would be a process of inferences - then every sentence must have a feature - and this could not merely consist in that the sentence has that and that meaning - because that would be semantic. We need a non-semantic description. Problem: E.g. "she gave it to him" has not even semantic features. - E.g. "snow is white" has its semantic properties only contingently.
I 264
SchifferVsGrice: we cannot formulate our semantic knowledge in non-semantic terms.
I 265
Meaning Theory/Meaning/SchifferVsMeaning Theory: all have failed - Thesis: there is no meaning theory. - (This is the no-Theory-Theory of mental representation) - Meaning is not an entity - therefore also no theory of this object.
I 269
Meaning is also determinable without meaning theory.
I 269
No-Theory-Theory of mental representation: there is no theory for intentionality, because having a concept does not mean that the quantifiable real would be entities. - The scheme - "x believes y iff __" cannot be supplemented. - The questions on our language processing are empirically, not philosophical.

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.
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Schi I
St. Schiffer
Remnants of Meaning Cambridge 1987

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