ON THE RELATION OF SENSE AND UNDERSTANDING

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Transliteration of original Title: 
O svyazi smysla i ponimaniya
Author(s): 
Alexander Nikiforov
Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences
Issue number: 
No. 4 (Vol. 38)
Pages: 
44-53
Abstract: 

The article presents an attempt at analysis of the notion of understanding and its relation to the notion of meaning. Understanding is treated as interpretation, i.e. attribution of meanings to linguistic expressions. It is shown that restricting the notion of meaning to reference excessively narrows down the field of understanding a language. It is argued that understanding is intrinsically connected with grasping of sense. The author attempts to reveal the complex structure of the sense of linguistic expressions as consisting of five different levels. It is argued that full mutual understanding among people is impossible.

Keywords: 
understanding, meaning, sense, semantics, hermeneutics, linguistic analysis
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