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John R. Searle has made profoundly influential contributions to three areas of philosophy: philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, and philosophy of society. This volume gathers together in accessible form a selection of his essays in these areas. They range widely across social ontology, where Searle presents concise and informative statements of positions developed in more detail elsewhere; artificial intelligence and cognitive science, where Searle assesses the current state of the debate and develops his most recent thoughts; and philosophy of language, where Searle connects ideas from various strands of his work in order to develop original answers to fundamental questions. There are also explorations of the limitations of phenomenological inquiry, the mind-body problem, and the nature and future of philosophy. This rich collection from one of America's leading contemporary philosophers will be valuable for all who are interested in these central philosophical questions.Read more
- John R. Searle is unquestionably one of the most important figures in Anglo-American philosophy
- The collection of essays spans nearly two decades
- Includes Searle's first published work on the topic of contemporary and recent phenomenology
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'Needless to say, Searle is one of the most prominent contemporary philosophers and his writings are almost always highly stimulating. For those willing to have a first contact with Searle's thought, Philosophy in a New Century will offer an excellent introduction; and for those already familiar with his philosophy, it will surely constitute a comprehensive … volume [with which] to revisit his entire work.' Marcos Breuer, Logical Analysis and History of Philosophy
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- Date Published: December 2008
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521515917
- length: 210 pages
- dimensions: 234 x 156 x 15 mm
- weight: 0.47kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Philosophy in a new century
2. Social ontology: some basic principles
3. The Turing Test:
55 years later
4. Twenty-one years in the Chinese room
5. Is the brain a digital computer?
6. The phenomenological illusion
7. The self as a problem in philosophy and neurobiology
8. Why I am not a property dualist
9. Fact and value, 'is' and 'ought,' and reasons for action
10. The unity of the proposition.
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