Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

To mean, intending, philosophy: the intention of a spokeswoman to refer to an object, a property of an object or a situation by means of her words, gestures or actions in a manner which is recognizable for others. From what is meant together with the situation, listeners should be able to recognize the meaning of the characters used.
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Meaning/Wittgenstein: when we say or mean that something is so and so, then we do not stop with what we think, somewhere before the fact. But we believe that it is so and so.
McDowell: This can (un-wittgensteinian) be expressed as follows: there is no ontological gulf between what one can think, and what may be the case.
In the mere idea of thought no distance is implied.

J. McDowell
Geist und Welt Frankfurt 2001

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