In Search of Referentiality

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Reference (from Latin referre = to carry back, to put in relation) is generally understood as the relationship or reference of a linguistic sign to an extralinguistic object or an extralinguistic fact (referent).”

Source: Hanuschek S. (2009) Referentialität. In: Klein C. (eds) Handbuch Biographie. J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart


We’re searching. We find. We believe. We know. We believe we know.

We feel obliged to the truth. The truth is a system of dependency quantities. It’s about references – from one track to another.
There is reality, or what we think it is. And the way we perceive it. And be able to perceive it. Our perceptual apparatuses are limited. And then there’s description of world. The world in our communication. So we move at least into the two worlds – the perceived and the described one.

Descriptions are per se limited. The world is more complex than describable. Historiography is therefore always falsification due to the amount of information and influencing variables. We think and act within abstractions. Moreover, we are not purely rational beings. It’s getting more complicated than expected.

We’re searching. We find. We believe. We know. We believe we know.