Re: What Meaning Means

From: Robin Faichney (
Date: Mon 19 Jun 2006 - 10:34:44 GMT

Sunday, June 18, 2006, 6:13:34 PM, Douglas wrote:

> perhaps this will be irrelevant, perhaps not - at least your earlier
> message set the thought process in motion

> a comparable situation in my field of the anthropology of legal
> doctrine concerns the characterisation of "tradition".

> in one sense tradition refers to a process of transmission, in another
> sense it is a body or unit of knowledge or belief.

> The emphasis dictionaries and some writers place on
> tradition-as-transmission over tradition-as-knowledge-or-belief is
> surprising because it is contrary to common usage. A key point is how
> the two are related.

> the issue also evokes an obscure linguistic problem, the "utraquistic
> subterfuge" the classic example of which is failure to distinguish
> between the process of knowing and the knowledge that is the result of
> that process.

Thanks for that amazing phrase! I thought there was probably an "l" missing until I googled it.

I'm sure there is a connection. It seems related to the apparent belief of some people that if we knew enough about linguistic syntax semantics would become redundant.

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