Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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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McGinn I 120
Use theory of meaning/Wittgenstein: Philosophical Investigations § 138. "If meaning is the use, there is no sense to speak of matching. Determining the meaning happens all at once and certainly something other than the time-extended use."
II 266
Use theory/meaning/Wittgenstein: the meaning is the description of the entire practice of the use of the word - problem: such a description, however, cannot be specified, because no list will be long enough.
Ad V 114/115
Use/(s): leads to context dependence - Wittgenstein: also a picture is needed, therefore it is not clear.

L. Wittgenstein
Vorlesungen 1930-35 Frankfurt 1989

L. Wittgenstein
Das Blaue Buch - Eine Philosophische Betrachtung Frankfurt 1984

L. Wittgenstein
Tractatus Logico Philosophicus Frankfurt/M 1960

C. McGinn
Die Grenzen vernünftigen Fragens Stuttgart 1996

C. McGinn
Wie kommt der Geist in die Materie? München 2001

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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-05-24