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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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McGinn, Colin
 
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Use Theory I 120 f
Intention/Use Theory/McGinn: how problematic the first position (1. Position: Are the intended meaning and its correct theory things of the same ontological type?) for the intention is, explains Kripke. McGinn: there has to be, for example, a constitutive connection between intentioned meaning and use, but a simple equation leads to fundamental problems. (> Kripke) - ((s) E.g. you could have meant all the time with addition something else than I have, and have yet been found out the same numbers as I did.)
"result ratio": correspond two living beings in all not semantic descriptions (behavior, inner, relation to other things), they must think and intend the same. Nevertheless, the basis of this result ratio contains nothing what could be handled of the FIN-features (FIN - fruitfulness, invulnerability, normativity) captured essence nature of semantic features.
Use theory/McGinn: Meaning is no such thing as the link between use situations.
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I 124/25
Because of this it is so difficult to articulate the relationships, because the FIN-features (fruitfulness, invulnerability, normativity) are not CAlM products. (CAlM: combinatorial atomism with lawlike mappings).
VsUse Theory/McGinn: problematic in the context of compositionality.

McG I
C. McGinn
Die Grenzen vernünftigen Fragens Stuttgart 1996

McG II
C. McGinn
Wie kommt der Geist in die Materie? München 2001


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