John Searle

Overview

John Searle is one of the most important and influential analytic philosophers working today. He has made significant contributions to the fields of the philosophy of language and the philosophy of mind. This concise and accessible book provides a critical review of Searle's philosophical themes. While Searle began his career as a philosopher of language, this book proceeds thematically, starting with a review of Searle's general ontological commitments. His conception of the mental is then located within that ...

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Overview

John Searle is one of the most important and influential analytic philosophers working today. He has made significant contributions to the fields of the philosophy of language and the philosophy of mind. This concise and accessible book provides a critical review of Searle's philosophical themes. While Searle began his career as a philosopher of language, this book proceeds thematically, starting with a review of Searle's general ontological commitments. His conception of the mental is then located within that general framework. A theory of intentionality sets the stage for Searle's accounts of action, rationality, freedom, language, and social reality. Searle weaves together this broad array of topics by means of a set of theoretical and methodological assumptions. Part of the task of this book is to articulate some of those unifying tendencies, while locating Searle within the history of analytic philosophy.

In addition to comparing Searle's views to those of his interlocutors, the book also attempts to identify changes in those views, as articulated over the course of Searle's career.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826497512
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 11/23/2009
  • Series: Continuum Contemporary American Thinkers
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 186
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Joshua Rust (Ph.D., University of California at Riverside) was a student of John Searle's at U.C. Berkeley. He is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Stetson University, USA, and is the author of John Searle and the Construction of Social Reality (Continuum, 2005).
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Table of Contents

Introduction

1 Fundamental Ontology: External Realism and Scientific Naturalism

2 Consciousness and Materialist Theories of Mind

3 Intentional Mental States

4 Reason and Action

5 From Acts to Speech Acts: the Intention to Communicate

6 From Sounds to Words: the Intention to Represent

7 On the Meaning of Meaning: Critical Remarks

8 The Construction of Social Reality

9 Topics Concerning Institutional Reality: Language, Politics, and the Background

Background

Bibliography

Index

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