The Rediscovery of the Mind / Edition 1

The Rediscovery of the Mind / Edition 1

by John R. Searle
     
 

ISBN-10: 026269154X

ISBN-13: 9780262691543

Pub. Date: 07/08/1992

Publisher: MIT Press

In this major new work, John Searle launches a formidable attack on current orthodoxies in the philosophy of mind. More than anything else, he argues,
it is the neglect of consciousness that results in so much barrenness and sterility in psychology, the philosophy of mind, and cognitive science: there can be no study of mind that leaves out consciousness.

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In this major new work, John Searle launches a formidable attack on current orthodoxies in the philosophy of mind. More than anything else, he argues,
it is the neglect of consciousness that results in so much barrenness and sterility in psychology, the philosophy of mind, and cognitive science: there can be no study of mind that leaves out consciousness. What is going on in the brain is neurophysiological processes and consciousness and nothing more -- no rule following, no mental information processing or mental models, no language of thought, and no universal grammar. Mental events are themselves features of the brain, "like liquidity is a feature of water."

Beginning with a spirited discussion of what's wrong with the philosophy of mind, Searle characterizes and refutes the philosophical tradition of materialism. But he does not embrace dualism. All these "isms" are mistaken, he insists. Once you start counting types of substance you are on the wrong track, whether you stop at one or two. In four chapters that constitute the heart of his argument, Searle elaborates a theory of consciousness and its relation to our overall scientific world view and to unconscious mental phenomena. He concludes with a criticism of cognitive science and a proposal for an approach to studying the mind that emphasizes the centrality of consciousness to any account of mental functioning.

In his characteristically direct style, punctuated with persuasive examples, Searle identifies the very terminology of the field as the main source of truth. He observes that it is a mistake to suppose that the ontology of the mental is objective and to suppose that the methodology of a science of the mind must concern itself only with objectively observable behavior; that it is also a mistake to suppose that we know of the existence of mental phenomena in others only by observing their behavior; that behavior or causal relations to behavior are not essential to the existence of mental phenomena; and that it is inconsistent with what we know about the universe and our place in it to suppose that everything is knowable by us.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262691543
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
07/08/1992
Series:
Representation and Mind series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
286
Sales rank:
917,474
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ch. 1What's Wrong with the Philosophy of Mind1
Ch. 2The Recent History of Materialism: The Same Mistake Over and Over27
Appendix: Is There a Problem about Folk Psychology?58
Ch. 3Breaking the Hold: Silicon Brains, Conscious Robots, and Other Minds65
Ch. 4Consciousness and Its Place in Nature83
Ch. 5Reductionism and the Irreducibility of Consciousness111
Ch. 6The Structure of Consciousness: An Introduction127
Ch. 7The Unconscious and Its Relation to Consciousness151
Ch. 8Consciousness, Intentionality, and the Background175
Ch. 9The Critique of Cognitive Reason197
Ch. 10The Proper Study227
Notes249
Bibliography255
Subject Index263
Name Index269

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