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Consciousness and language

Author: John R Searle
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002.
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"One of the most important and influential philosophers of the last thirty 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,
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John R Searle
ISBN: 0521592372 9780521592376 0521597447 9780521597449
OCLC Number: 48053794
Description: vii, 269 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Problem of consciousness --
How to study consciousness scientifically --
Consciousness --
Animal minds --
Intentionality and its place in nature --
Collective intentions and actions --
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.
Responsibility: John R. Searle.
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"One of the most important and influential philosophers of the last thirty 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 comprises brute, unconscious, mindless, meaningless, mute physical particles in fields of force? A cluster of individual questions that have preoccupied him - What is a speech act? What is intentionality? What is consciousness? What is rationality? - are all part of the larger problematic.".

"The essays in this collection are all related to the broad overarching issue that unites the diverse strands of Searle's work. The first five essays address the issue of how to situate consciousness in particular, and intentional phenomena in general, within a scientific conception of the world. The essays that follow discuss the implications of Searle's approach to the mind for psychology and the other social sciences, explore various ramifications of the theory of speech acts, and defend a version of mental realism by challenging the different forms of skepticism espoused by Quine and Kripke.".

"Gathering in an accessible manner essays otherwise available in relatively obscure books and journals, this collection will be of particular value to professionals and upper-level students in philosophy, as well as to Searle's more extended audience in such neighboring fields as psychology and linguistics."--BOOK JACKET.

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