Theories of Meaning (traditional)

Discipline: Philosophy

Discussed BC in both Greek philosophy and Indian linguistics. Much theoretical progress in latter half of the 20th century.

An elusive concept which has been theorized from many different perspectives: meaning as use, as behaviour, as intention, as concepts, as images, as truth-conditions, and so on.

It is best to disperse the term into several concepts which can each be defined appropriately.

Also see: COMPONENTIAL ANALYSIS, PROTOTYPE, semantics

Source:
J D Fodor, Semantics (Hassocks, 1977)

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