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Use, philosophy: words are used to mention something. The distinction use/mention is important in the philosophy of language because words or phrases in turn may be mentioned, as in a quote or a correction. Within logical formulas parts are used, others are mentioned. See also mentioning, use theory, meaning, meaning theory, language, quote/disquotation, quotation marks, quasi-quotation, object language, metalanguage.
Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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E. Tugendhat on Use - Dictionary of Arguments

I 209
Language use: So far the speech of the use is still quite indeterminate. Question: With reference to what is the use of linguistic expressions regulated, if they are no longer objects? Nearest answer: circumstances.
, >Words.
I 225
Use/Tugendhat: >"stand for": one must find an expression which stands for an object. - So you explain the rules of use of the singular term.
>Singular terms.
Problem: the rules of use for the singular term presuppose the predicates and vice versa.
>Rules, >Predicates.
I 226
Usage Rule/Tugendhat: If the circumstances are completely unsuitable for explanation, must we not also abandon the rule of use? This is a mistake: usage is about function, not about circumstances!
>Use theory.
I 279
Usage: the usage theory of meaning always refers to propositions (propositions or states of affairs), not to material objects.
((s) Most authors Vs: the theory of use refers to words, not to propositions.
Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations, § 43. "One can, for a large class of cases of the use of the word "meaning" - though not for all cases of its use - explain this word thus: "The meaning of a word is its use in language."").
>Meaning, >Sentence meaning, >Word meaning.

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Tu I
E. Tugendhat
Vorlesungen zur Einführung in die Sprachanalytische Philosophie Frankfurt 1976

E. Tugendhat
Philosophische Aufsätze Frankfurt 1992

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