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A. Introduction

The discussion of “meaning” may well begin from one of its synonyms: “sense”, where the difference between the subjective (“feeling”, “opinion”, “discernment”) and the objective stands out at once — “that which is reasonable” — as in the common phrase: “that makes sense”. So too “meaning” can be either subjective — “that which is in the mind or thoughts” — or objective,…

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Jörg Splett, “Meaning”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 24 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2016

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