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Mind, Language, and Society : Philosophy in…

Mind, Language, and Society : Philosophy in the Real World

by John R. Searle

Series: MasterMinds

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Excellent overview of many problems in the philosophy of mind. I tend to agree with Searle's interpretation, especially regarding his breakdown of the "mind/body problem". Explicitly, that the binary is a false dichotomy and that observation of nature shows that both exist, and function casually. His main point here being that ontologically subjective/objective things can be epistemologically and casually connected. From this premise, he works on the problem of intentionality and applies it to semantic qualities of linguistic discourse.

Searle's writing is clear, concise, and a pleasure to read. Due to this, anybody can understand and come to grips with the subjects he discusses. This is how philosophy should be written in a modern era. ( )
  jakebornheimer | Mar 27, 2019 |
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John Searle's summation of earlier writings is not just an essential tie-up volume for existing readers; it is also a perfect introduction to the work of one of the clearest heads in the philosophy of mind. Searle's book is a riposte to all those academics who make a career out of contradicting and complicating such default positions as the existence of an external reality, the reality of personal consciousness, and the reasonable fit of language to the perceived world. Certainly, we should examine these positions! But the first duty of philosophy, Searle argues, is that it should attempt to accommodate what is known. As far as we can tell, for example, consciousness is a biological product, but there is a long-running contention between the materialists--whose reductive descriptions of consciousness arrive, finally, at an embarrassed denial that consciousness exists at all--and the dualists, who cannot describe consciousness without evoking some supernatural involvement. Neither position is tenable--each offers some corrective to the other. The good explanation is in there somewhere, but the sheer intractability of the debate won't let it be expressed. In situations like this, Searle argues, it is always the terms that are wrong. Terms, mind you, that in this case include "matter," "mind," "physical," and "mental"! Searle--married as he is to common sense--is of necessity one of our most iconoclastic and creative thinkers. --Simon Ings, Amazon.co.uk

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An introduction to the major questions of philosophy by one of America's greatest and best-known philosophers. A practical guide to philosophical theory and how it applies to your life.

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