Abstract
The paper defends a principle of procedural individualism according to which meanings are always subjective or inter-subjective. Texts do not have meanings in themselves, but rather are objects to which individuals attach various meanings. The paper then deploys this analysis of meaning to address debates about textuality. It considers the stability of the text: although texts are indeterminate in that future individuals might attach unforeseen meanings to them, they have determinate content at any given time in that the meanings people have attached to them are fixed. And it considers the relationship of textual meaning to authorial meaning: authors and readers alike attach meanings to texts, with confusions arising when philosophers assume that one or the other must constitute the meaning of the text itself
Keywords Catholic Tradition  Contemporary Philosophy  History of Philosophy
Categories (categorize this paper)
ISBN(s) 0019-0365
DOI 10.5840/ipq200242448
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 51,480
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Epistemological Realism and the Indeterminacy of Meaning. Is Systematic Interpretation Possible?Dieter Freundlieb - 1991 - Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 22 (2):245-261.
In Defence of Historicism.Mark Bevir - 2012 - Journal of the Philosophy of History 6 (1):111-114.
Multiple Meanings and Stability of Content.Eric Margolis & Stephen Laurence - 1998 - Journal of Philosophy 95 (5):255-63.
Interpreting People and Interpreting Texts.William Child - 2006 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 14 (3):423 – 441.
Semantic Components, Meaning, and Use in Ethnosemantics.Cecil H. Brown - 1976 - Philosophy of Science 43 (3):378-395.
The Ontology of Meanings. [REVIEW]Mark Siebel - 2008 - Philosophical Studies 137 (3):417 - 426.
Unarticulated Meaning.James Blachowicz - 1994 - Erkenntnis 40 (1):43 - 70.
Are Meanings in the Head? Ingarden’s Theory of Meaning.Chrudzimski Arkadiusz - 1999 - Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 30 (3):306-326.
Empty Natural Kind Terms and Dry Earth.Corine Besson - 2012 - Erkenntnis 76 (3):403-425.
Is Compositionality a Trivial Principle?Richard Heck - 2013 - Frontiers of Philosophy in China 8 (1):140-55.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2011-01-09

Total views
30 ( #323,855 of 2,330,639 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #585,854 of 2,330,639 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes