Verification Theory of Meaning and the Concept of Time and Space: Implications for Einstein Relativity Theory

Jerome P. Mbat, Emmanuel Iniobong Archibong


The verifiability theory of meaning was introduced to delineate scientific statements from metaphysical ones via language. The project was intended to make for clarity of meaning of words especially as it is held that most statements we make are useless, meaningless and out of context. This work attempts to show, by way of analysis, that applying this theory to the concept of time and space in Einstein theory of relativity, reveals that even though the verifiability criterion for truth and meaning is founded upon observational statements, it creates more confusion than proffer solution to our general understanding of time and space by reducing it to a subjective private language affair relative to an observer.

Full Text: PDF DOI: 10.5430/elr.v2n1p14


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English Linguistics Research
ISSN 1927-6028 (Print)   ISSN 1927-6036 (Online)

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