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Cognitive meaning

Brief definition:

The type of meaning that consists in equivalent representations or truth-conditions (the sort you look up in a dictionary). It is unique to language (not art or music) and assumed by analytic philosophy to be completely separate from emotive meaning. The embodied meaning thesis, however, challenges this assumption of the separation of cognitive from emotive meaning.

For more detailed discussion see the ‘Embodied meaning’ page

About Robert M Ellis

Robert M Ellis is the founder and chair of the Middle Way Society, and author of a number of books on Middle Way Philosophy, including the introductory 'Migglism' and the more in-depth 'Middle Way Philosophy' series. He has a Christian background, and about 20 years' past experience of practising Buddhism, but it was his Ph.D. studies in Philosophy that set him on the track of developing a systematic account of the Middle Way beyond any specific tradition. He has earned his living mainly by teaching, and more recently by online tutoring.

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