© 1979

Meaning and Use

Papers Presented at the Second Jerusalem Philosophical Encounter April 1976

  • Avishai Margalit

Part of the Synthese Language Library book series (SLAP, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. W. V. Quine
    Pages 1-8
  3. Donald Davidson
    Pages 9-20
  4. W. V. Quine
    Pages 21-22
  5. Eddy M. Zemach
    Pages 23-30
  6. Igal Kvart
    Pages 31-35
  7. Asa Kasher
    Pages 37-55
  8. Helmut Schnelle
    Pages 93-115
  9. Edna Ullmann-Margalit
    Pages 136-140
  10. Avishai Margalit
    Pages 141-152
  11. Marcelo Dascal
    Pages 153-174
  12. Ruth Manor
    Pages 175-180
  13. John R. Searle
    Pages 181-197
  14. Hilary Putnam
    Pages 199-217
  15. Michael Dummett
    Pages 218-225
  16. Hilary Putnam
    Pages 226-228
  17. P. F. Strawson
    Pages 229-238

About this book


The second Jerusalem Philosophical Encounter was held in Jerusalem on April 25-28, 1976. The symposium was originally planned to celebrate the 60th birthday of Y ehoshua Bar-Hillel, philosopher and friend. But his sudden death intervened, and turned celebration into commemoration. The topic of the symposiumwas Meaning and Use. For Bar-Hillel, the question 'meaning or use?' was of great importance, one which he took as a question of priorities. Which approach to natural language is prior: the formal, semantical approach, which accords a central position to the truth­ functional concept of meaning and to the theory of reference, or rather the alternative approach which accords the central position to linguistic commu­ nication and prefers dealing with speech acts to dealing with Statements? Bar­ Hillel's answer to this question, in his later years, can be summed up by our title, meaning and use: neither approach deserves priority, each is equally necessary, and they both complement each other. Those familiar with Bar­ Hillel's uncompromising intellectual honesty would know that this answer does not reflect a superficial wish for domestic peace, but stems rather from deep and informed convictions. The issues of meaning and use dominated Bar-Hillel's intellectuallife. At the same time his day-to-day existence was guided by the idea that the meaning of life is to be found in being useful, particularly in being useful to the community of seekers of knowledge.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Avishai Margalit
    • 1
  1. 1.The Hebrew University of JerusalemIsrael

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Meaning and Use
  • Book Subtitle Papers Presented at the Second Jerusalem Philosophical Encounter April 1976
  • Editors A. Margalit
  • Series Title Synthese Language Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1979
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-277-0888-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4020-3263-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4020-4104-4
  • Series ISSN 0924-4662
  • Series E-ISSN 2215-034X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 308
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Semantics
    Philosophy of Language
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