Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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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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Brandom, Robert
 
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Use Theory I ~ 169
Rule/Sellars/Brandom: I ll interpret our judgments that A causes B as an expression of a rule for the use of "A" and "B".
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I 490
DummettVsUse Theory: if there is no key idea regarding the meaning, then it is unclear what the meaning of a word is in contrast to that of a sentence - Dummett: Key idea: understanding a word needs to consist only in understanding its contribution to the sentence - Force: pragmatic significance, sentantial content - meaning: semantic content, sub-sentential (!) content - Brandom: according to this analogy, the sentences are divided in equal classes by performative significance in a way that the force is maintained in case of substitution.
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II 43f
Use theory/realism/Brandom: our use of concepts such as "electron" depends not only on our dispositions to inferential approvals, but also on "what is going on with the world" - use is not limited to approval of inferences - whether inferences are correct depends on what "really follows" - contents are what they are because we use concepts as we do, not because we believe that they are - this does not argue that concepts have a representational dimension.
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II 246
Accounting/Brandom: completes use theory - does not imply that all players have the disposition that they should have.

Bra I
R. Brandom
Expressive Vernunft Frankfurt 2000

Bra II
R. Brandom
Begründen und Begreifen Frankfurt 2001


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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-03-24