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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.

Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

Author Item Summary Meta data
I 120 f
Intention/Use Theory/McGinn: how problematic the first position (1. Position: Are the intended meaning and its correct theory things of the same ontological type?) for the intention is, explains Kripke. McGinn: there has to be, for example, a constitutive connection between intentioned meaning and use, but a simple equation leads to fundamental problems. (> Use Theory/Kripke) - ((s) E.g. you could have meant all the time with addition something else than I have, and have yet been found out the same numbers as I did.)
"result ratio": correspond two living beings in all not semantic descriptions (behavior, inner, relation to other things), they must think and intend the same. Nevertheless, the basis of this result ratio contains nothing what could be handled of the FIN-features (FIN - fruitfulness, invulnerability, normativity) captured essence nature of semantic features.
Use theory/McGinn: Meaning is no such thing as the link between use situations.
I 124/25
Because of this it is so difficult to articulate the relationships, because the FIN-features (fruitfulness, invulnerability, normativity) are not CAlM products. (CAlM: combinatorial atomism with lawlike mappings, See Terminology/McGinn).
VsUse Theory/McGinn: problematic in the context of >compositionality.

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.
The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

McGinn I
Colin McGinn
Problems in Philosophy. The Limits of Inquiry, Cambridge/MA 1993
German Edition:
Die Grenzen vernünftigen Fragens Stuttgart 1996

McGinn II
C. McGinn
The Mysteriouy Flame. Conscious Minds in a Material World, New York 1999
German Edition:
Wie kommt der Geist in die Materie? München 2001

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