John Searle: From speech acts to social reality

@inproceedings{Smith2003JohnSF,
  title={John Searle: From speech acts to social reality},
  author={Barry Smith},
  year={2003}
}
It was in the Oxford of Austin, Ryle, and Strawson that John Searle was shaped as a philosopher. It was in Oxford, not least through Austin's influence and example, that the seeds of the book Speech Acts , Searle's inaugural magnum opus, were planted. And it was in Oxford that Searle acquired many of the characteristic traits that have marked his thinking ever since. These are traits shared by many analytic philosophers of his generation: the idea of the centrality of language to philosophy… 
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