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by John R. Searle

  • Author: John R. Searle
  • ISBN: 0521731585
  • ISBN13: 978-0521731584
  • ePub: 1895 kb | FB2: 1173 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (December 29, 2008)
  • Pages: 210
  • Rating: 4.4/5
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Philosophy in a New Century: Selected Essays ePub download

Published in 2008 by Cambridge University Press & in a New Century' is a collection of ten essays by John Searle.

Published in 2008 by Cambridge University Press & in a New Century' is a collection of ten essays by John Searle.

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PHILOSOPHY IN A NEW CENTURY Selected Essays JOHN R. SEARLE University of California, Berkeley. Original place of publication of the essays 1 Philosophy in a new century, in Philosophy in America at the Turn. TERM Spring '12. PROFESSOR PınarDuygulu.

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Philosophy in a New Century. DOI: 1. 840/jpr 2003 7. Cite this publication. This article draws on Searle's philosophical realism to explore how critical agency is grounded in critical reasoning and supports the construction of art criticism as an institutional practice in art and design education. Examples of critical exchanges between a teacher and her students reveal how intentional beliefs inherent in the teacher's pedagogical choices implicate students in taking critical agency when constructing a collaborative interpretation of the meaning of a contemporary artwork.

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.
A wonderful collection of essays by one of the great American philosophers. Simply important!
The author and I are about the same age. After years of strong immersion in contemporary art and tentative entry into Continental philosophical "thought," to be kind five percent of the latter being, after all, incisive and illuminating, I can turn to John Searle for clarity, reasoned argument, coherency and a feeling that after roiling in the surf there is a floor out there somewhere. I come away from each essay with a warm and secure feeling that I rarely find in "post-modern" philosophical writing, which consists of tired invocation or repetition of the times, long past, when it was hip to be protesting that the common people aren't getting a break or that meaningful communication is impossible. Would all those old, gray-haired confused obfuscators of Marx and Nietzsche and their frazzled ponytails just go away?
Not fun to read, ...
John Searle begins his book with an all-embracing statement: "We now have a huge accumulation of knowledge which is certain, objective and universal (he italicises these three words)...this growth of knowledge is quietly producing a transformation of philosophy"... Without even acknowledging it, he has staked a philosophical claim. We now know SO MUCH (scientifically, and particularly for him in what he calls 'cognitive science') that there is no longer any doubt regarding most traditional philosophical issues. They are dead and buried. We are so CERTAIN that we know everything about the universe that the kinds of questions posed by Descartes and Locke are simply no longer meaningful. We are in, as he terms it, a 'post-sceptical' age.
Have we heard this somewhere before? Seventy years ago the logical positivists were loudly proclaiming the end of metaphysics, for somewhat different reasons, but in the name of the same God, almighty Science. This new appeal is no different. Perhaps we could ask Searle the most simple pragmatic question. Why, if we know so much in this era of quarks, quasars, neurons and DNA, are we making such a mess of this planet? Why is our civilization apparently in decline? Will philosophers be content to fiddle away in the insignificant little niches he assigns them, while all around them, things fall apart?
On behalf of those few of us who are prepared to look to philosophers for insight into these three score years of consciousness which are all that we are given, I will offer him one statement to ponder: archangels are of no lesser ontological status than supernovae!
Published in 2008 by Cambridge University Press `Philosophy in a New Century' is a collection of ten essays by John Searle. For those unfamiliar with the author, Searle is a leading contemporary philosopher, a thinker who has made noteworthy contributions in the philosophy of language, the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of society.

Overall this is an excellent collection. The essays are representative of the Searle's work and the quality of writing is characteristically clear and concise. That said, given that all but one of these essays has been previously published prospective readers are advised to check the on-line table of contents prior to purchase.

On a personal note I am a big fan of Searle, and while I disagree with some of his presuppositions his work is extremely readable, rigorous and thought provoking. With regard to the target audience for this book; while some prior familiarity with the subject matter is likely to enhance the reader's enjoyment, Searle provides a relatively accessible entry point into modern analytic philosophy for the non-expert reader. Folks interested in gaining further insight into the subjects discussed in this book may wish to audit some of Searle's course available for free through itunes/UC Berkley.

In summary this is an excellent collection. I highly recommend it for fans of Searle and students interested in the philosophy of mind, the philosophy of society and the philosophy of language.
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