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Many are the meanings of the words “meaning” and “ significance.” Since the beginnings of Greek philosophy, special significance (importance) has been attached to the use of the word significance, which is concerned with the use of signs, especially linguistic signs, as bearers of significance or meaning. Augustine of Hippo distinguishes between signa naturalia and signa data: natural signs signify what they are signs of by virtue of a causal nexus (certain spots signify measles); “given” or conventional signs signify something because…

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Künne, Wolfgang, “Significance”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 09 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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