Jan 18, 2012
What Is the Meaning of This!
The meaning of an action or event is never immanent to it. Instead, it resides in what happens next.
Of course, the meaning of “what happens next” in turn depends on what happens after that.
As Jonathan Culler apparently said, “Meaning is context-bound, but context is boundless.”
Meaning takes on the M side of its S&M relationship with context (which does not like to be tied up).
What a strange/interesting way of putting it!
Context is, by its very nature, “unbound.”