Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

Mention philosophy: the mention of linguistic objects must be distinguished from their use. This distinction is sometimes difficult when symbols are partly used and partly mentioned within logical formulas. One simple case of a mention of a word or phrase is the quote. See also object language, metalanguage, quote, reference, occurrence, type, token.
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Mention / use / word / object / language / Locke: was the first to have a consciousness of the confusability: to keep the words for the things themselves - or to put a sign for things that it cannot designate - Designate: ambivalent: the thought that it was possible that the mere language use gives insight into the nature of the thing signified.

Loc II
J. Locke
An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-05-27