Meaning as Use: Peirce and Wittgenstein

Pentti Määttänen


The principle “meaning is use” is a common topic in the writings of Ludwig
Wittgenstein and Charles Peirce. Both maintain that the use of words, tools and the
like is a spatio-temporal phenomenon, but according to Wittgenstein meanings as
objects of thought are timeless while for Peirce thought and objects of thought are
temporal phenomena.


philosophy; 20th century philosophy; Wittgenstein Ludwig; habit; meaning; time; generality

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