By W. V. Quine (auth.), Avishai Margalit (eds.)
The moment Jerusalem Philosophical stumble upon was once held in Jerusalem on April 25-28, 1976. The symposium was once initially deliberate to have fun the sixtieth birthday of Y ehoshua Bar-Hillel, thinker and good friend. yet his surprising demise intervened, and became social gathering into commemoration. the subject of the symposiumwas that means and Use. For Bar-Hillel, the query 'meaning or use?' was once of serious value, one that he took as a question of priorities. Which method of normal language is earlier: the formal, semantical technique, which accords a critical place to the reality useful thought of that means and to the speculation of reference, or particularly the choice method which accords the important place to linguistic commu nication and prefers facing speech acts to facing Statements? Bar Hillel's solution to this query, in his later years, could be summed up through our name, which means and use: neither strategy merits precedence, every one is both worthy, and so they either supplement one another. these acquainted with Bar Hillel's uncompromising highbrow honesty may recognize that this resolution doesn't mirror a superficial want for family peace, yet stems quite from deep and educated convictions. the problems of that means and use ruled Bar-Hillel's intellectuallife. whilst his daily lifestyles was once guided via the concept the which means of existence is to be present in being helpful, relatively in being priceless to the group of seekers of knowledge.