Single Idea 3492

[catalogued under 18. Thought / C. Content / 1. Content]

Full Idea

Sentence meaning radically underdetermines the content of what is said.

Gist of Idea

Content is much more than just sentence meaning


John Searle (The Rediscovery of the Mind [1992], Ch. 8.II)

Book Reference

Searle,John R.: 'The Rediscovery of the Mind' [MIT 1999], p.181

A Reaction

We have body language, and we have tone, and we have context, and we have speaker's and listener's meanings. I take sentence meaning to be the basis which makes the rest possible.

Related Idea

Idea 6168 The content of a thought is just the meaning of a sentence [Rowlands]