Virtual Meaning: Problems of Interpretation in the Social Sciences

  • Vladimir Dimitrov
  • Bob Hodge
Part of the Studies in Fuzziness and Soft Computing book series (STUDFUZZ, volume 33)


An original fuzzy approach to meaning and interpretation in the social sciences is developed. It leads to the concept of virtual meaning emerging at the overlap of fuzzy set theory and semiotics. Its relations both to classic and postmodern social theories are discussed. A case study is described to illustrate how the theory of virtual meaning helps to explore ‘real’ dynamics of social complexity. Practical examples of dealing and ‘computing’ with virtual meanings are considered in such fields of social activity as management, consensus seeking and politics.


Fuzzy Logic Choice Function Social Complexity Repertory Grid Repertory Grid Technique 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vladimir Dimitrov
    • 1
  • Bob Hodge
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Western Sydney — HawkesburyRichmondAustralia

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