chapter  11
9 Pages

The Meaning of Meaning 1926

WithBertrand Russell

Messrs Ogden and Richards which bears the The Meaning of Meaning is one of considerable importance. The importance of their book lies, first, in the importance of their problem, which has been strangely neglected in traditional philosophy. A second and no less weighty reason for welcoming this book is that its methods and theories are scientific, not mythical. A third reason is that quite possibly some of those theories may be true. The difference between the theory here developed and that advanced in The Analysis of Mind may be brought out by the rough statement that this is a 'causal' theory and Mr Russell's an 'effect' theory. Mr S. E. Hooper, Secretary of the British Institute of Philosophical Studies, has suggested to me that the above should be called the 'explosive' theory of truth. A statement is verified when its repetition is caused by the sensible presence of the objects meant by its substantive words.