Acts of the seminar of the Doctoral School “Letters and Humanities” of the University of Provence, 24-25 November 1993. Since more than a decade, there have been a variety of names (semantic, hermeneutical, senses production, interactivity, cognitive sciences, etc.) where the structural issues in the broad sense had tended to eliminate it. All researchers in social sciences (or “humanities”) could find, according to the hypothesis put under discussion at a session of the Doctoral School “Letters and Humanities” of the University of Provence, an interest in reflecting together on these curious stories from what should be at the centre of all our “humanities”: the production of the meaning. Various disciplines (sociology, philosophy, language, general and comparative literature, history, etc.) have responded to this call for a joint reflection on these “tours, detours and returns of meaning in today’s humanities”. The twelve contributions that make up the volume attempt to answer the question of meaning in their respective discipline and seek to rest, perhaps in new terms (but of course?), on the classic problem of hermeneutics: translate or interpret.