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Single Idea 22336

[catalogued under 18. Thought / D. Concepts / 4. Structure of Concepts / h. Family resemblance]

Full Idea

Against Wittgenstein's family resemblance view one might evoke his own idea that the meaning of a word is its use, and that diversity of use entails diversity of meaning.

Gist of Idea

We might say that the family resemblance is just a consequence of meaning-as-use


Hans-Johann Glock (What is Analytic Philosophy? [2008], 8.2)

Book Reference

Glock,Han-Johann: 'What is Analytic Philosophy?' [CUP 2008], p.215

A Reaction

Wittgenstein might just accept the point. Diversity of concepts reflects diversity of usage. But how do you distinguish 'football is a game' from 'oy, what's your game?'. How does usage distinguish metaphorical from literal (if it does)?

Related Idea

Idea 4141 Various games have a 'family resemblance', as their similarities overlap and criss-cross [Wittgenstein]