Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Use theory, philosophy of language: the term was formed following a thesis of L. Wittgenstein in his Philosophical Investigations, § 43. (Original in German) You can explain the use of the word "meaning" for a large class of cases - though not in all cases of its use - as the meaning of a word is its use in the language." - This thesis applies to words and cannot be extended to whole sentences. See also use, word meaning, sentence meaning, language acquisition, meaning theory, reference.

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E.g. The wife of a scientist hears a woman’s name. (In reality, he simply muttered a phrase. She wonders if there is another woman. Why is the use of the name no naming? If it is not, why is the referential indeterminacy not the reason for this?
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Geach: Denoting expresses something essential again: Nixon = human (a priori) - KripkeVs: Lot’s guests are angels despite naming - difference: use of the name/renaming - is no case of referential indeterminacy.


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Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.

K I
S.A. Kripke
Name und Notwendigkeit Frankfurt 1981

K III
S. A. Kripke
Outline of a Theory of Truth (1975)
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Recent Essays on Truth and the Liar Paradox, R. L. Martin (Hg), Oxford/NY 1984


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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-10-23