Meaning and Reading

A philosophical essay on language and literature

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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.
[Pragmatics & Beyond, IV:3]  1983.  ix, 176 pp.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
ix
0. Introduction
1
1. The Classical Conception of Meaning and its Shortcomings
9
1.1. Meaning in a literary setting
9
1.2. The arguments for the defense
10
1.3. More about the propositional theory of language and its semantic consequences: the Xerox theory of meaning
11
1.4. Context matters
19
2. Toward an Integrated Theory of Meaning
23
2.1. The question of the validity of the substitution view
23
2.2. The problematological view of language
24
2.3. The problematological theory of reference
29
2.4. Reference and meaning
41
2.5. From substitutions to questions
43
2.6. Is meaning really substitutional?
55
2.7. Conclusion
59
3. The Rhetoric of Textuality
61
3.1. Textual meaning is rhetorical
61
3.2. Rhetoric and argumentation
68
3.3. Why should rhetoric (argumentation) be problematologically conceptualized?
73
3.4. Literary versus non-literary discourse
77
3.5 What is literature?
80
4. Ideas and Ideology
87
4.1. The nature of ideas
87
4.2. Ideas and questions in Plato's theory
89
4.3. Ideas and political ideologies
93
4.4. The logic of ideology
98
5. The Nature of Literariness
105
5.1. Ideas and textuality
105
5.2. Literature and political ideology
107
5.3. The dialectics of fiction
118
5.4. Fiction and reality
124
5.5. Literary forms as means of materializing the problematological difference
130
5.6. The birth of the novel: Don Quixote as an illustration
132
5.7. Conclusion
139
6. The Interpretative Process
141
6.1. Beyond traditions and omissions
141
6.2. Answerhood as meaning
148
6.3. The hermeneutic question and its answer
151
6.4. Textuality as the meeting point of poetics and hermeneutics
154
6.5. Where do we find the questions answered by a text?
157
6.6. Textual dialectics
165
Footnotes
169
References
173
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Subjects

Linguistics

Semiotics

Literature & Literary Studies

Semiotics

Philosophy

Semiotics
BIC Subject: DSB – Literary studies: general
BISAC Subject: LIT000000 – LITERARY CRITICISM / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  84126218