Meaning, society and the human sciences
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In Chapters 3 and 4, the focus has been upon linguistic meaning, salutary though it was at strategic points to recall that meaning is not the monopoly of language. In the remainder of this book, it is no longer the focus. The topic for Chapter 6 is meaning in the arts, plastic and musical no less than literary; while, in Chapter 7, it is the meaning of human life itself that is the subject. In the present chapter, our broad and amorphous domain coincides with the subject matter of the social or human sciences, the Geisteswissenschaften – with, inter alia, symbolic behaviour, ritual, social role, etiquette and taboo. It is the domain, in effect, that some students of the Geisteswissenschaften identify precisely as the context of meaningful human behaviour.