RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 69331323 LA Translated from the French. T1 Freedom and neurobiology : reflections on free will, language, and political power A1 Searle, John R., PB Columbia University Press PP New York YR 2007 SN 0231137524 0231510551 9780231137522 9780231510554 9780231137522 9780231137539 0231137532 AB "In Freedom and Neurobiology, the philosopher John Searle discusses the possibility of free will within the context of contemporary neurobiology. He begins by explaining the relationship between human reality and the more fundamental reality as described by physics and chemistry. Then he proposes a neurobiological resolution to the problem by demonstrating how various conceptions of free will have different consequences for the neurobiology of consciousness." "In the second half of the book, Searle applies his theory of social reality to the problem of political power, explaining the role of language in the formation of our political reality. The institutional structures that organize, empower, and regulate our lives - money, property, marriage, government - consist in the assignment and collective acceptance of certain statuses to objects and people. Whether it is the president of the United States, a twenty-dollar bill, or private property, these entities perform functions as determined by their status in our institutional reality. Searle focuses on the political powers that exist within these systems of status functions and the way in which language constitutes them."--Jacket.