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John Searle

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From Speech Acts to his most recent studies of consciousness, freedom and rationality, John Searle has been a highly influential figure among contemporary philosophers. This systematic introduction to the entire range of Searle's work begins with the theory of speech acts and proceeds with expositions of his writings on intentionality, consciousness and perception, including, as well, a careful presentation of the so-called Chinese Room argument. Barry Smith is a Julian Park Professor of Philosophy, University at...

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Overview

From Speech Acts to his most recent studies of consciousness, freedom and rationality, John Searle has been a highly influential figure among contemporary philosophers. This systematic introduction to the entire range of Searle's work begins with the theory of speech acts and proceeds with expositions of his writings on intentionality, consciousness and perception, including, as well, a careful presentation of the so-called Chinese Room argument. Barry Smith is a Julian Park Professor of Philosophy, University at Buffalo and Director of the Institute for Formal Ontology and Medical Information Science in the University of Leipzig. He is the author of Austrian Philosophy (Open Court, 1994) and of some 300 articles on ontology and other branches of philosophy. In 2001 he received the Wolfgang Paul Award of the Alexander on Humboldt Foundation. He is also the editor of The Monist: An International Journal of General Philosophical Inquiry.

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'… this is a detailed and relatively comprehensive introduction to one of the most prominent and diverse figures in contemporary philosophy. It would undoubtedly be of great value to undergraduate, and possibly graduate, students in philosophy or other disciplines who are unfamiliar with Searle's philosophy.' Philosophical Writings
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521797047
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2003
  • Series: Contemporary Philosophy in Focus Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

1. John Searle: from speech acts to social reality Barry Smith; 2. From speech acts to speech activity Nick Fotion; 3. Intentions, obligations and promises Leonardo Zaibert; 4. Law George P. Fletcher; 5. Action Joelle Proust; 6. Consciousness Neil Manson; 7. The intentionality of perception Fred Dretske; 8. Sense data Brian O'Shaughnessy; 9. The limits of expressibility Francois Recanati; 10. The Chinese Room Josef Moural; 11. Searle, Derrida and the ends of phenomenology Kevin Mulligan.

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