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Single Idea 2354

[catalogued under 19. Language / A. Nature of Meaning / 6. Meaning as Use]

Full Idea

"Meaning is use" is not a definition of meaning.

Gist of Idea

"Meaning is use" is not a definition of meaning

Source

Hilary Putnam (Representation and Reality [1988], 7 p.119)

Book Reference

Putnam,Hilary: 'Representation and Reality' [MIT 1992], p.119


A Reaction

I agree. It probably fails to define meaning because it is false. A corkscrew is not the action of opening a wine bottle.