The use of 'use'

Whiting, Daniel (2008) The use of 'use'. Grazer Philosophische Studien, 76, 135-147.


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Many equate the meaning of a linguistic expression with its use. This paper investigates prominent objections to the equivalence claim and argues that they are unsuccessful. Once one suitably distinguishes the kind of use to be identified with meaning, the two do not diverge. Doing so, however, requires employing terms that are cognates of ‘meaning’ (if not ‘meaning’ itself). Nonetheless, I stress, this does not count against the equivalence claim. Moreover, one should not assume that the circularity on this occasion is vicious.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0165-9227 (print)
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Keywords: use, meaning, philosophy, language
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > Philosophy
ePrint ID: 58204
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
August 2008Published
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:39

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