Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Meaning: Differs from the reference object (reference). The object does not have to exist for an expression to have a meaning. Words are not related to objects in a one-to-one correspondence. There is an important distinction between word meaning and sentence meaning. See also use theory, sentence meaning, reference, truth.

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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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Meaning/Hintikka: If meanings are something that people can grasp and deal with, they cannot be invariant with regard to logical equivalence.
Logical equivalence/Hintikka: logical equivalence is not computable (not effective, not decidable). Therefore, the identity of meaning ((s) synonymy) cannot go along with equivalence, for then we cannot always know whether two sentences denote the same.
Solution/Hintikka: the best solution would be if we restrict the concept of a
Definition meaning, which can be grasped by humans, by "almost invariant worlds" (e.g. an urn model, in which balls are not returned, but it is not always recognizable that none are returned).
Meaning/Hintikka: meaning is therefore intentional because of the failure of logical equivalence.


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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.

Hin I
Jaakko and Merrill B. Hintikka
The Logic of Epistemology and the Epistemology of Logic Dordrecht 1989

W I
J. Hintikka/M. B. Hintikka
Untersuchungen zu Wittgenstein Frankfurt 1996


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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-07-23