|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?
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.
Name und Notwendigkeit Frankfurt 1981
S. A. Kripke
Outline of a Theory of Truth (1975)
Recent Essays on Truth and the Liar Paradox, R. L. Martin (Hg), Oxford/NY 1984