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Original scientific paper

The Primacy of Function over Structure. Analogy Reading of Wittgenstein’s “Meaning is Use” Aphorism

Nicholas Melville ; 1Ferris State University, 1201 S State St, US–49307 Big Rapids, MI
Kristijan Krkač ; Zagreb School of Economics and Management, Jordanovac 110, HR–10000 Zagreb

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APA 6th Edition
Melville, N. & Krkač, K. (2015). The Primacy of Function over Structure. Analogy Reading of Wittgenstein’s “Meaning is Use” Aphorism. Synthesis philosophica, 30 (2), 289-305. Retrieved from https://hrcak.srce.hr/164523
MLA 8th Edition
Melville, Nicholas and Kristijan Krkač. "The Primacy of Function over Structure. Analogy Reading of Wittgenstein’s “Meaning is Use” Aphorism." Synthesis philosophica, vol. 30, no. 2, 2015, pp. 289-305. https://hrcak.srce.hr/164523. Accessed 17 Nov. 2019.
Chicago 17th Edition
Melville, Nicholas and Kristijan Krkač. "The Primacy of Function over Structure. Analogy Reading of Wittgenstein’s “Meaning is Use” Aphorism." Synthesis philosophica 30, no. 2 (2015): 289-305. https://hrcak.srce.hr/164523
Harvard
Melville, N., and Krkač, K. (2015). 'The Primacy of Function over Structure. Analogy Reading of Wittgenstein’s “Meaning is Use” Aphorism', Synthesis philosophica, 30(2), pp. 289-305. Available at: https://hrcak.srce.hr/164523 (Accessed 17 November 2019)
Vancouver
Melville N, Krkač K. The Primacy of Function over Structure. Analogy Reading of Wittgenstein’s “Meaning is Use” Aphorism. Synthesis philosophica [Internet]. 2015 [cited 2019 November 17];30(2):289-305. Available from: https://hrcak.srce.hr/164523
IEEE
N. Melville and K. Krkač, "The Primacy of Function over Structure. Analogy Reading of Wittgenstein’s “Meaning is Use” Aphorism", Synthesis philosophica, vol.30, no. 2, pp. 289-305, 2015. [Online]. Available: https://hrcak.srce.hr/164523. [Accessed: 17 November 2019]

Abstracts
In the paper authors examine Wittgenstein’s standpoint “the meaning of a word is its use in an utterance” mainly in the context of sections 23 and 43 of the Philosophical Investigations in the light of some other sections (namely 197–199, and 209), and some influential interpretations of these passages. They claim that “meaning is use” slogan is an analogy. Additionally, partially following Baker and Hacker 2005, authors argue that the standpoint is understandable only in the context of dependence of language-games on forms of life
(wider interpretation). Namely, meaning of a word is its use in an utterance only if the use has a place in a life. In other words, in order to understand language-games it seems natural to observe them in their natural context of forms of life they belong to. Therefore, the claim “meaning is use” can be understood only as an analogy or a metaphor in precisely these directions of interpretation.

Keywords
analogy; forms of life; language-games; the meaning of a word is its use; metaphor; similarities; use of a word; Ludwig Wittgenstein; Gordon Baker; Peter Hacker

Hrčak ID: 164523

URI
https://hrcak.srce.hr/164523

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