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That which is stated, as a judgement is something that is judged, and a proposition that which is proposed. However, all three terms have been used to indicate the content of an utterance or written sentence. The distinction between a sentence or utterance and its content introduces a central problem of the theory of meaning. On the one hand, there is such a distinction, for one can identify a sentence without knowing what it means, any given sentence could have had a different content, and different sentences can share the same content (see translation). On the other hand, to identify what is said is, it seems, no more than to find one's own words in which to say it: the mind has no ‘pure’ contact with disembodied thoughts, freed from their linguistic expression.

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