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Meaning and Use : Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy - Avishai Margalit

Meaning and Use

Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy

By: Avishai Margalit (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 31st May 1979
ISBN: 9789027708885
Number Of Pages: 308

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The second Jerusalem Philosophical Encounter was held in Jerusalem on April 25-28, 1976. The symposium was originally planned to celebrate the 60th birthday of Y ehoshua Bar-Hillel, philosopher and friend. But his sudden death intervened, and turned celebration into commemoration. The topic of the symposiumwas Meaning and Use. For Bar-Hillel, the question 'meaning or use?' was of great importance, one which he took as a question of priorities. Which approach to natural language is prior: the formal, semantical approach, which accords a central position to the truth- functional concept of meaning and to the theory of reference, or rather the alternative approach which accords the central position to linguistic commu- nication and prefers dealing with speech acts to dealing with Statements? Bar- Hillel's answer to this question, in his later years, can be summed up by our title, meaning and use: neither approach deserves priority, each is equally necessary, and they both complement each other. Those familiar with Bar- Hillel's uncompromising intellectual honesty would know that this answer does not reflect a superficial wish for domestic peace, but stems rather from deep and informed convictions. The issues of meaning and use dominated Bar-Hillel's intellectuallife. At the same time his day-to-day existence was guided by the idea that the meaning of life is to be found in being useful, particularly in being useful to the community of seekers of knowledge.

Use and Its Place in Meaning
Moods and Performances
Awareness of Objects
What is a Theory of Use?
Conditionals, Generic Quantifiers, and Other Applications of Subgames
Circumstance Sentences
What Does the Appeal to Use Do for the Theory of Meaning?
Open Texture
Conversational Relevance
Intentionality and the Use of Language
Reference and Understanding
May bes and Might Have Beens
A Puzzle about Belief
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ISBN: 9789027708885
ISBN-10: 9027708886
Series: Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 308
Published: 31st May 1979
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 1.41