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Use theory, philosophy of language: the term was formed following a thesis of L. Wittgenstein in his Philosophical Investigations, ยง 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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Welker, D.D.
 
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Use Theory Meg I 145
Use theory/WelkerVsWittgenstein: since the sentences in our lives hardly occur twice in the same form, it is questionable whether the use determines the meaning - to explain words with other words leads into infinities as well as explaining numbers with relations to other numbers.
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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-03-25