Some Notes for a History of Meaning

Ole Møystad

Abstract


When something means something, it means that the first something stands for the second something; that A is a carrier of the content B - or that A represents B. The following notes on how meaning has been structured from antiquity to the present are made on the basis of these assumptions:

i) A stands for B;
ii) when i), there is a relation between A and B;
iii) when ii), there is meaning;
iv) A ≠ B.

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