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Polish Journal of Philosophy

Volume 4, Issue 2, Fall 2010

Roman Ingarden

Jan Woleński
Pages 35-47

Meaningfulness, Meaninglessness and Language-Hierarchies
Some Lessons from Ingarden’s Criticism of the Verifiability Principle

Roman Ingarden offered a strong criticism of the verifiability principle in his talk delivered at the 8th International Congress in Prague in 1934. Ingarden argued that this principle either violates itself or smuggles a hidden sense. In this paper I show that Ingarden-like arguments about smuggled (but this pejorative qualification is skipped) meaning apply not only to the criteria of sense, but also to other semantic assertions within language-hierarchies in Tarski’s sense.

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