Meaning, Truth and Phenomenology

Bevir, Mark (1997) Meaning, Truth and Phenomenology. Teorema, XVI (1). pp. 61-76.


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This essay approaches Derrida through a consideration of his writings on Saussure and Husserl. Derrida is right to insist, following Saussure, on a relational theory on meaning: words do not have a one to one correspondence with their referents. However, he is wrong to insist on a purely differential theory of meaning: words can refer to reality within the context of a body of knowledge. Similarly, Derrida is right to reject Husserl's idea of presence: no truths are simply given to consciousness. However, he is wrong to reject the very idea of objective knowledge: we can defend a notion of objective knowledge couched in terms of a comparison of rival bodies of theories. This paper concludes by considering the implications of the preceding arguments for the enterprise of phenomenology.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Epistemology; Meaning; Phenomenology; Truth; Derrida, J; Husserl; Saussure, F
Subjects: Philosophie > Philosophische Disziplinen > Logik, analytische Philosophie
Philosophie > Philosophische Journale, Kongresse, Vereinigungen > Teorema. Revista internacional de filosofia > Volume XVI (1996/97)
Philosophie > Philosophische Disziplinen > Sprachphilosophie
Depositing User: Stefan Köstenbauer
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2011 18:51

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