Meaning and Reading: A Philosophical Essay on Language and Literature

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John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 1, 1983 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 176 pages
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According to the traditional view, meaning presents itself under the form of some kind of identity. To give the meaning of a sentence amounts to being capable of producing some substitute based on the identity of the terms of the sentence. Is then the meaning of a book, or of any text, the capacity of rewriting it? Instead of retaining a double-standard theory of meaning, one for sentences and another for texts, that would allow for an ad hoc gap, the author provides a unified conception, called the question view of language he has developed, known as problematology. He pursues a systematic analysis of questioning in literature and shows how questioning makes the understanding process possible.
 

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Contents

0 INTRODUCTION
1
1 THE CLASSICAL CONCEPTION OF MEANING AND ITS SHORTCOMINGS
9
2 TOWARD AN INTEGRATED THEORY OF MEANING
23
3 THE RHETORIC OF TEXTUALITY
61
4 IDEAS AND IDEOLOGY
87
5 THE NATURE OF LITERARINESS
105
6THE INTERPRETATIVE PROCE
141
FOOTNOTES
169
REFERENCES
173
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Michel Meyer is Professor of Philosophy at the Free University of Brussels and the University of Mons. He is the author of many books, including From Logic to Rhetoric, From Metaphysics to Rhetoric, Meaning and Reading, Of Problematology, Questions and Questioning, and Rhetoric, Language, and Reason (1994, also published by Penn State Press).

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