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Consciousness and Language - John R. Searle

Consciousness and Language

Paperback Published: 11th December 2002
ISBN: 9780521597449
Number Of Pages: 280

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One of the most important and influential philosophers of the last 30 years, John Searle has been concerned throughout his career with a single overarching question: how can we have a unified and theoretically satisfactory account of ourselves and of our relations to other people and to the natural world? In other words, how can we reconcile our common-sense conception of ourselves as conscious, free, mindful, rational agents in a world that we believe includes brute, unconscious, mindless, meaningless, mute physical particles in fields of force? The essays in this collection are related to this broad overarching issue that unites the diverse strands of Searle's work. As many as these essays have previously only been available in relatively obscure books and journals, this collection will be of particular interest to philosophers and those in psychology and linguistics. Since 1959, John R. Searle has been Professor of Philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley, where he is now the Mills Professor of the Philosophy of Mind and Language. His many books include Mind Language and Society, (Basic, 1998). The Construction of Social Reality, (Free Press, 1997), and Speech Acts, (Cambridge, 1969). His works have been translated in 21 languages. Seale has received many prizes, awards and honors, including the Fulbright Award (twice), the Guggenheim, and ACLS Fellowships.

"The scope and consistency of these views, which have now became classical, is truly impressing...Searle is doing some genuinely pioneering work here, suggesting some genuinely new research programs in philosophy of mind."- Alexandre Billon, Metapsychology Online Reviews

The problem of consciousness
How to study consciousness scientifically
Consciousness
Animal minds
Intentionality and its place in nature
Collective intentions and actions
The explanation of cognition
Intentionalistic explanations in the social sciences
Individual intentionality and social phenomena in the theory of speech acts
How performatives work
Conversation
Analytic philosophy and mental phenomena
Indeterminacy, empiricism and the first person
Skepticism about rules and intentionality
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ISBN: 9780521597449
ISBN-10: 0521597447
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 11th December 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.4  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.39