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Introduction

James Fodor

in Christian Hermeneutics

Published in print October 1995 | ISBN: 9780198263494
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682575 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263494.003.0001
Introduction

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Meaning, truth, and reference are inseparably bound because belief is inalienable from those very actions and forms of life that give such language purchase in the first place. Sense is what is stated in a linguistic expression, and reference is that about which it is stated. Sense can exist without reference. The Continental philosophical tradition conceives of language in altogether different terms. Language is conceived of primarily as form or structure, not substance or a relationship between signs and things. The relation between language and world is irretrievably hermeneutical in character. Discussions in this chapter include: locating questions of truth and reference; the Cartesian outlook and the ascendancy of the reference question; reference as a hermeneutical-theological category; reference, fictional objects, and the existence of God; and Christian self-description as method and as a dialogue.

Keywords: meaning; truth; reference; belief; language; sense; philosophical tradition

Chapter.  13701 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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