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Rational meaning : a new foundation for the definition of words, and supplementary essays

Author: Laura (Riding) Jackson; Schuyler B Jackson; William Harmon
Publisher: Charlottesville : University Press of Virginia, 1997.
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Existing only in manuscript since the 1940s but enjoying an underground reputation among friends and advocates, this primary document by one of the most original and influential of American poets and thinkers is now being published as Rational Meaning, Laura (Riding) Jackson's testament of the necessity of living for truth. Begun as a dictionary and thesaurus in the 1930s, the work developed into a fundamental
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Named Person: Laura (Riding) Jackson; Laura (Riding) Jackson; Laura (Riding) Jackson; Laura (Riding) Jackson; Laura (Riding) Jackson
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Laura (Riding) Jackson; Schuyler B Jackson; William Harmon
ISBN: 0813916828 9780813916828
OCLC Number: 34721705
Description: xxiii, 598 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction / Charles Bernstein --
pt. 1. General Background, General Objectives. Ch. 1. Introductory Explanations. Ch. 2. The Authors: The Personal Background. Ch. 3. A Comparison of Objectives --
pt. 2. The Use of Words: The Apparatus of Guidance. Ch. 4. The Inner Guidance. Ch. 5. The Guardians. Ch. 6. The Canons --
pt. 3. Language and Rationality. Ch. 7. The Nature of Meaning. Ch. 8. Language and Linguistics. Ch. 9. Philosophy and Language --
pt. 4. The Principles of Definition. Ch. 10. The Feasibility of Definition. Ch. 11. The Knowledge of Meanings. Ch. 12. The Scope of Definition --
pt. 5. The Make-Up of Language. Ch. 13. Words and Terms. Ch. 14. The Words Miscalled Synonyms. Ch. 15. The Rationale of Terms --
pt. 6. Studies in Meaning-Relation and Meaning-Distinction. Ch. 16. The Placing of Words: The Topography of Meanings. Ch. 17. From Words to Words: The Continuum. Ch. 18. Truth --
pt. 7. The Future Tasks. Ch. 19. The Moral Aspects of Meaning. Ch. 20. Words and Things.
Responsibility: Laura (Riding) Jackson and Schuyler B. Jackson ; edited by William Harmon ; introduction by Charles Bernstein.

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