Journal of Philosophy

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

Jan Woleński

Jagiellonian University, Kraków

Abstract. 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.  Back