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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Cresswell, M.J.
 
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Meaning I 15
Meaning/Truth Value/Possible World/Cresswell N.B. to know the truth value in the actual world is not sufficient for knowing the meaning! - ((s) e.g. if "The Hoeff located on the clie" is true in the actual world we still do not know what the phrase means). - sentence meaning: you can not know it without knowing whether the statement is true - solution: we would have to know whether the sentence would be true in a corresponding possible world.

Cr I
M. J. Cresswell
Semantical Essays (Possible worlds and their rivals) Dordrecht Boston 1988

Cr II
M. J. Cresswell
Structured Meanings Cambridge Mass. 1984


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