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Mind, Language, and Society : Philosophy In The Real World

Mind, Language, and Society : Philosophy In The Real World - 98 edition

ISBN13: 978-0465045211

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ISBN13: 978-0465045211
ISBN10: 0465045219
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 98
Publisher: Basic Books, Inc.
Published: 1998
International: No

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Mind, Language, and Society : Philosophy In The Real World - 98 edition

ISBN13: 978-0465045211

John Searle

ISBN13: 978-0465045211
ISBN10: 0465045219
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 98
Publisher: Basic Books, Inc.

Published: 1998
International: No
Summary

Disillusionment with psychology is leading more and more people to formal philosophy for clues about how to think about life. But most of us who try to grapple with concepts such as reality, truth, common sense, consciousness, and society lack the rigorous training to discuss them with any confidence. John Searle brings these notions down from their abstract heights to the terra firma of real-world understanding, so that those with no knowledge of philosophy can understand how these principles play out in our everyday lives. The author stresses that there is a real world out there to deal with, and condemns the belief that the reality of our world is dependent on our perception of it.

Author Bio

Searle, John : University of California at Berkeley

John R. Searle was born in Denver, Colorado, in 1932. He attended the University of Wisconsin from 1949 to 1952 and studied at Oxford University, where he received his BA, MA, and Ph.D. Phil and was a Rhodes Scholar. He taught as a lecturer in philosophy at Christ Church in Oxford from 1956 to 1959 and since then has been a professor of philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley. He has also been a visiting professor at many universities, both in the US and abroad, including the universities of Syracuse, Rutgers, Colorado, SUNY Buffalo, Washington, Michigan, Venice, Florence, Frankfurt, Toronto, Campinas (Brazil), Oslo, Berlin, and Oxford.

Table of Contents

Introduction


Basic Metaphysics: Reality and Truth
How We Fit into the Universe: The Mind as a Biological Phenomenon
The Essence of the Mind: Consciousness and Its Structure
How the Mind Works: Intentionality
The Structure of the Social Universe: How the Mind Creates an Objective Social Reality
How Language Works: Speech as a Kind of Human Action

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