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The Paradoxes of Reference in Descriptive, Causal and Structural Theories

Nova Рrisutnost. 2013. Vol. 11. No. 2. P. 183-191.

In this paper, the author wants to compare two well-known approaches to determining the nature of meaning: ‘descriptive’ and ‘causal’, pointing out their principal difficulties and after that offer an option of establishing the meaning adopted in structural linguistics. On the author’s opinion, the structural approach would allow us, first of all, to better clarify the causes of the difficulties arising in descriptive and causal theories, namely, how it is possible to fix the meaning of an object, and second, to show why these difficulties are fundamentally unattainable. It is precisely the last point that author would like to try to defend.