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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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Nagel, Thomas
 
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Use Theory I 57
Nagel: the validity of thoughts does not depend on how they are used! ( >Use theory, meaning/validity: Meaning as such is not validity.)
However, the practice of the community cannot be beaten by the objectivity: the language changes .
This does not apply for the content of thoughts - in contrast to the meaning of words!
I 61
The type of match characterizes the whole concept no more than the sensory perception through which one recognizes a physical object captures the whole concept of this detected object. (Versus use theory of meaning). Meaning is not simply the same as use, unless one understands "use" in a normative sense that already implies meaning.
I 63
NagelVsUse theory: meaning is not simply the same as use, unless one understands "use" in a normative sense that already implies meaning

N I
Th. Nagel
Das letzte Wort Stuttgart 1999

N II
Th. Nagel
Was bedeutet das alles? Stuttgart 1990

N III
Th. Nagel
Die Grenzen der Objektivität Stuttgart 1991


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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-03-25