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19. Language / A. Nature of Meaning / 10. Denial of Meanings

[doubts about the whole idea of meaning]

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If words can't be defined, they may just be the chirruping of chicks [Chuang Tzu]
If you are not certain of any fact, you cannot be certain of the meaning of your words either [Wittgenstein]
We don't have 'meanings' in our minds in addition to verbal expressions [Wittgenstein]
Make the following experiment: say "It's cold here" and mean "It's warm here" [Wittgenstein]
I do not believe there is some abstract entity called a 'meaning' which we can 'have' [Quine]
The word 'meaning' is only useful when talking about significance or about synonymy [Quine]
Intensions are creatures of darkness which should be exorcised [Quine]
Once meaning and reference are separated, meaning ceases to seem important [Quine]
Meaning is essence divorced from things and wedded to words [Quine]
Holism is not a theory of meaning; it is the denial that a theory of meaning is possible [Dummett]
Words exist in 'spacing', so meanings are never synchronic except in writing [Derrida]
Kripke's Wittgenstein says meaning 'vanishes into thin air' [Kripke, by Miller,A]
If you ask what is in your mind for following the addition rule, meaning just seems to vanish [Kripke]
People presume meanings exist because they confuse meaning and reference [Orenstein]