Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Sentence meaning: in contrast to the case of word meaning, the composition of the parts of the sentence must be taken into account for the sentence meaning. The so-called use theory of meaning does not apply to whole sentences. See also compositionality, use, use theory, truth values, context/context dependency.

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.

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John R. Searle

I 205
Sentence meaning/truth condition/Searle: thesis: leaves the content of what is said radically underdetermined - e.g. "I had breakfast/had measles: does not say that I had measles today - wrong: to say, the truth conditions would be determined only with respect to a background - right: literal meaning fixes the truth conditions absolutely, but is itself vague and always incomplete - e.g. the assumption that the object can be cut, is not part of the literal meaning of "to cut" - (background).
VII 436
Sentence meaning/Searle: consists in the speech act potential.

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.

J. R. Searle
Die Wiederentdeckung des Geistes Frankfurt 1996

J.R. Searle
Intentionalität Frankfurt 1991

J. R. Searle
Die Konstruktion der gesellschaftlichen Wirklichkeit Hamburg 1997

J.R. Searle
Ausdruck und Bedeutung Frankfurt 1982

J. R. Searle
Sprechakte Frankfurt 1983

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