Comment on Searle

  title={Comment on Searle},
  author={Neal Gross},
  journal={Anthropological Theory},
  pages={45 - 56}
  • N. Gross
  • Published 1 March 2006
  • Sociology
  • Anthropological Theory
While appreciative of Searle's contributions, this commentary questions whether the core insights of The Construction of Social Reality advance all that much beyond the position staked out more than a century ago by Emile Durkheim. Durkheim, to be sure, was no analytic philosopher, but both Durkheim and Searle recognize the existence of something like collective representations, view a key feature of such representations as being that of imposing new statuses, powers, and meanings on objects… 
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