Re: Meaning

David L. Moore (
Thu, 19 Dec 1996 18:04:44 -0500

At 02:04 PM 12/19/96 EST, A K M Adam wrote:
>We are getting off-topic, but David Moore's recent post could not go unmarked:
>It is fairly well agreed by all that the writer encodes his meaning when
writing the text and that the
>reader reads meaning from the text, but key to any discussion of meaning
and the possibility of
>correctly ascertaining the meaning of any text is whether we may
legitimately say that there is
>meaning in the text itself. If there is, then there is the possibility of
either correctly or incorrectly
>understanding that meaning.
>I won't go through all the arguments I have with such claims, but will only
point out that--far from
>"fairly well agreed by all"--the matters to which he alludes are the topic
of intense and thoughtful
>critical attention.

Well, if you are familiar with any who maintain that authors, in
writing, do not encode meaning and that readers do not derive meaning from
reading a text, I'd be interested to have a reference and thumbnail sketch
of their views.

David L. Moore Director
Miami, Florida, USA Department of Education Southeastern Spanish District of the Assemblies of God