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The Seas of Language$
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Michael Dummett

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198236214

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198236212.001.0001

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What Does the Appeal to Use Do for the Theory of Meaning ?

What Does the Appeal to Use Do for the Theory of Meaning ?

(p.106) 4 What Does the Appeal to Use Do for the Theory of Meaning?
The Seas of Language

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Wittgenstein's notion of use, occurring in the slogan ’meaning is use’, comprised anything that could be counted as belonging to the rôle of the sentence in the language‐game. It included not only the communicatory function of an utterance of the sentence itself but also of an utterance of a complex sentence of which it was a constituent. This makes any feature of our linguistic practice that relates to the sentence affect its meaning. The source of this view lies in rejecting the Fregean distinction between sense and force.

Keywords:   assertion, Frege, meaning, sense, truth, use, Wittgenstein

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