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This is the unedited penultimate draft of a BBS target article that has been accepted for publication (Copyright 1980: Cambridge University Press /-publication date provisional) and is currently being circulated for Open Peer Commentary. This preprint is for inspection only, to help prospective commentators decide whether or not they wish to prepare a(More)
In his The Construction of Social Reality, Searle presents an account of rights, responsibilities, obligations, duties, and similar entities in terms of the formula X counts as Y in context C, where “X” refers in the simplest case to some physical object or event and “Y ” to the result of imposing upon X some deontic power or function. Smith attempts to(More)
Most philosophers and linguists accept a certain conception of the notion of the literal meaning of words and sentences and the relation between literal meaning and other semantic notions such as ambiguity, metaphor, and truth. In this paper I want to challenge one aspect of this received opinion, the view that for every sentence the literal meaning of the(More)
  • J R Searle
  • 1998
The neurosciences have advanced to the point that we can now treat consciousness as a scientific problem like any other. The problem is to explain how brain processes cause consciousness and how consciousness is realized in the brain. Progress is impeded by a number of philosophical mistakes, and the aim of this paper is to remove nine of those mistakes:(More)
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Introducing the Reading In these two selections from Minds, Brains, and Science, John Searle takes on the mind/body problem and the question of artificial intelligence. Like most contemporary philosophers, Searle is a materialist. But Searle thinks that many contemporary philosophers have not adequately understood the problem of mind and its relation to the(More)
Cognitive Science is likely to make little progress in the study of humon behovior until we hove o clear account of what o humon action is. The aim of this paper is to present a sketch of a theory of action. I will locate the relation of intention to action within a general theory of Intentionality. I will introduce o distinction between prior intentions(More)
All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form by any electronic or mechanical means (including photocopying, recording, or information storage and retrieval) without permission in writing from the publisher. The consciousness paradox : consciousness, concepts, and higher-order thoughts / Rocco J. Gennaro. p. cm.—(Representation and(More)
Columbia Themes in Philosophy is a new series with a broad and accommodating thematic reach as well as an ecumenical approach to the outdated disjunction between analytical and European philosophy. It is committed to an examination of key themes in new and startling ways and to the exploration of new topics in philosophy. Freedom and neurobiology :(More)