Verification Criteria of Meaning (thing)
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Verification Criteria of Meaning
states that the meaning of an
sentence is its own
are those statements whose
to the statement itself. In order for an empirical statement to be proven true, it must be
(meet certain verification conditions) by
. The VCM claims that the verification conditions that must be met are defined by the meaning of the sentence itself.
For example, consider the empirical statement, “The
is 68'F.” The meaning of this statement is that the temperature is 68'F. According to the VCM, in order to prove this statement is
, you must meet the
that the temperature is indeed 68'F. To do this, you can look at a
. If the thermometer claims that the temperature is 68'F, you have met the verification conditions, and have proven the empirical statement true.
The VCM is itself an empirical sentence, because it is not an
statement. Because the VCM is empirical, it seems
to apply it to itself. When applied to itself, the VCM states that its own verification conditions are its meaning. Unfortunately, (according to the VCM) its meaning is also its own verification conditions. This recursive cycle continues into
The VCM, having no observable verification conditions to prove its truth, seems to “
” and prove itself false.
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