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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.

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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.
 
Author Item    More concepts for author
Brandom, , Robert Use Theory   Brandom, Robert
Carnap, Rudolf Use Theory   Carnap, Rudolf
Cavell, , Stanley Use Theory   Cavell, Stanley
Chisholm, Roderick Use Theory   Chisholm, Roderick
Dummett, , Michael E. Use Theory   Dummett, Michael E.
Fodor, Jerry Use Theory   Fodor, Jerry
Goodman, , Nelson Use Theory   Goodman, Nelson
Grice, H. Paul Use Theory   Grice, H. Paul
Habermas, , Jürgen Use Theory   Habermas, Jürgen
Kripke, Saul A. Use Theory   Kripke, Saul A.
Luther, , Martin Use Theory   Luther, Martin
McGinn, Colin Use Theory   McGinn, Colin
Millikan, , Ruth Use Theory   Millikan, Ruth
Nagel, Thomas Use Theory   Nagel, Thomas
Quine, , W.V.O. Use Theory   Quine, Willard Van Orman
Rorty, Richard Use Theory   Rorty, Richard
Schiffer, , Stephen Use Theory   Schiffer, Stephen
Searle, John R. Use Theory   Searle, John R.
Sellars, , Wilfrid Use Theory   Sellars, Wilfrid
Welker, D.D. Use Theory   Welker, D.D.
Wittgenstein, , Ludwig Use Theory   Wittgenstein, Ludwig

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