A Use-Therapeutic Approach to Meaning

Bernhard Ritter


This paper makes two related points: first, that the content of Wittgenstein’s
grammatical explanations, including his explanation of word-meaning, is not
dissociable from the fact that it is genuinely addressed to the person that is
the reader; secondly, that Wittgenstein’s notion of secondary meaning poses a
problem for an attribution of a univocal use conception of meaning to him. It is
argued that these points support the main contention that Wittgenstein’s
approach to meaning is not use-theoretic but use-therapeutic.


philosophy; 20th century philosophy; Wittgenstein Ludwig; explanation; language game; metaphor; secondary meaning; therapy; use theory of meaning

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