Mind, Language, And Society by John R. Searle
Philosophy In The Real World (Masterminds)

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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.
 

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John R. Searle is Mills Professor of the Philosophy of Mind and Language at the University of California, Berkeley.
 
Published August 4, 2008 by Basic Books. 190 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Law & Philosophy, Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Bertrand Russell, in his The Problems of Philosophy, points out that “philosophy is to be studied not for the sake of any definite answers to its questions, since no definite answers can, as a rule, be known to be true, but rather for the sake of the questions themselves.” Searle spends too much ...

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Searle himself argues for a ""biological naturalism"" that holds that ""conscious states are real phenomena in the real world."" Although the language and theory surrounding the philosophy of mind is often technical and complex, Searle's knack for presenting dense ideas in lively prose makes this...

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In an interesting aside, Searle speculates that contemporary thinkers reject an objectivist theory because of ""an urge to power."" They don't want to be answerable to the world but for the world to be answerable to them.

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