Pragmatism, truth, and problem of meaning

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Transliteration of original Title: 
Pragmatizm, istina i problema znacheniya
Evgeny Loginov
Lomonosov Moscow State University
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No.4 (Vol.50)

In this text I’ve tried to show how pragmatic maxim and pragmatic deduction of categories could be a thread of Ariadne in the labyrinth of the philosophy of meaning. Firstly I’ve briefly outlined the historical and philosophical circumstances of the problem. This exposition was based on ideas of Descartes, Locke, Berkeley, Kant, Leibniz, Mill and Frege. Then I made a brief lexicographical research intending to eliminate the confusion over terminology, which appeared in Russell’s papers and Wittgenstein’s “Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus”. Secondly I’ve presented my metaphilosophical program and discussed some general issues like truth and falsehood, reference and convention, coherent theory of truth and metaphysical idealism. Then I’ve formulated the problem of meaning as a contradiction of our basic cognitive beliefs and tried to show that to seize the fortress is not an easy thing. Thirdly I’ve offered a way to avoid this contradiction. 

Peirce, Wittgenstein, meaning, reference, pragmatism, convention

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