Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

 
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.

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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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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).
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VII 436
Sentence meaning/Searle: consists in the speech act potential.


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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.

S I
J. R. Searle
Die Wiederentdeckung des Geistes Frankfurt 1996

S II
J.R. Searle
Intentionalität Frankfurt 1991

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

S IV
J.R. Searle
Ausdruck und Bedeutung Frankfurt 1982

S V
J. R. Searle
Sprechakte Frankfurt 1983


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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-09-21