Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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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Searle, John R.
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Use Theory V 221
SearleVs use theory of meaning: no distinction between word and sentence SearleVsWittgenstein.
V 231f
SearleVs use theory, "use" is too vague to distinguish between the truth conditions for proposition and those of the illocutionary force - E.g. obscenities: the use of obscenities differs substantially from that of the corresponding polite synonyms. E.g. "he is not a nigger" is as derogatory as "he is a nigger."

J. R. Searle
Die Wiederentdeckung des Geistes Frankfurt 1996

J.R. Searle
Intentionalität Frankfurt 1991

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

J.R. Searle
Ausdruck und Bedeutung Frankfurt 1982

J. R. Searle
Sprechakte Frankfurt 1983

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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-04-26