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Criteria of meaning and analysis of usage

Criteria of meaning and analysis of usage INGEMUND GULLVAG Oslo I. Introduction. The "analysis of meaning" of the Vienna Circle initially took the form of a search for an "objective" criterion of cognitive meaning - i.e. a general rule or principle which apparently was to be applied somehow "directly" to texts and thus was to provide a basis for deciding whether the texts were meaningful or not. Different ver- sions of such a criterion were suggested by members of the Vienna Circle, and by later logical empiricists. All these different versions require analytic or that a sentence, in order to be meaningful, either be have some kind of connection with possible observational evidence. To say that a sentence is cognitively significant or meaningful is by those authors more or less explicitly interpreted as saying that it is capable of being true or false. The truth or falsity of a sentence may either depend merely upon its syntactical structure (analytic or contradlctory sentences), or it may be a matter of something else (synthetic sentences). In the case of the latter, to know a sentence's cognitive meaning is initially considered as equivalent to knowing the application-rules or truthconditions of the sentence, i.e., the conditions under which it is http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Synthese Springer Journals

Criteria of meaning and analysis of usage

Synthese , Volume 9 (1): 21 – Jan 1, 1955

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Springer Journals
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1955 D. Reidel Publishing Company
ISSN
0039-7857
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1573-0964
DOI
10.1007/BF00567421
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INGEMUND GULLVAG Oslo I. Introduction. The "analysis of meaning" of the Vienna Circle initially took the form of a search for an "objective" criterion of cognitive meaning - i.e. a general rule or principle which apparently was to be applied somehow "directly" to texts and thus was to provide a basis for deciding whether the texts were meaningful or not. Different ver- sions of such a criterion were suggested by members of the Vienna Circle, and by later logical empiricists. All these different versions require analytic or that a sentence, in order to be meaningful, either be have some kind of connection with possible observational evidence. To say that a sentence is cognitively significant or meaningful is by those authors more or less explicitly interpreted as saying that it is capable of being true or false. The truth or falsity of a sentence may either depend merely upon its syntactical structure (analytic or contradlctory sentences), or it may be a matter of something else (synthetic sentences). In the case of the latter, to know a sentence's cognitive meaning is initially considered as equivalent to knowing the application-rules or truthconditions of the sentence, i.e., the conditions under which it is

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Published: Jan 1, 1955

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