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John Searle
Smith, Barry C.
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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, [2003]

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xi, 292 pages ; 23 cm.
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From his groundbreaking book Speech Acts to his most recent studies of consciousness, freedom and rationality John Searle has been a dominant and highly influential figure amongst contemporary philosophers. This systematic introduction to the full range of Searle's work begins with the theory of speech acts and proceeds with expositions of Searle's writings on intentionality, consciousness and perception, as well as a careful presentation of the so-called Chinese Room argument. The volume considers Searle's recent work on social ontology and his views on the nature of law and obligation. It concludes with an appraisal of Searle's spirited defence of truth and scientific method in the face of the criticisms of Derrida and other postmodernists. This is the only comprehensive introduction to Searle's work, and as such it will be of particular value to advanced undergraduates, graduates and professionals in philosophy, psychology, linguistics, cognitive and computer science and literary theory.

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Barry Smith is Julian Park Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Buffalo and director of the Institute for Formal Ontology and Medical Information Science at the University of Leipzig

Table of Contents

Barry SmithNick FotionLeo ZaibertGeorge P. FletcherJoelle ProustNeil C. MansonFred DretskeBrian O'ShaughnessyFrancois RecanatiJosef MouralKevin Mulligan
List of Contributorsp. ix
1. John Searle: From Speech Acts to Social Realityp. 1
2. From Speech Acts to Speech Activityp. 34
3. Intentions, Promises, and Obligationsp. 52
4. Lawp. 85
5. Actionp. 102
6. Consciousnessp. 128
7. The Intentionality of Perceptionp. 154
8. Sense Datap. 169
9. The Limits of Expressibilityp. 189
10. The Chinese Room Argumentp. 214
11. Searle, Derrida, and the Ends of Phenomenologyp. 261
Further Readingp. 287
Indexp. 289