The rediscovery of the mind / John R. Searle. p. cm. – (Representation and mind). “A Bradford book.” Includes bibliographical references and. Abraham Witonsky, Georges Rey, Contemporary Philosophy of Mind: A Contentiously Classical Approach, Contemporary Philosophy Series, Minds and . John R. Searle, The Rediscovery of the Mind. Cambridge, Mass., and. London: MIT, a Bradford Book, 1. Introduction. In this remarkable work, the author.

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At one time I thought of calling the whole book What’s Wrong with the Phi-losophy of Mind, but in the end that idea emerges as the theme of the first three chapters and is the title of the first. Some of the material in this book has appeared elsewhere in a preliminary form. The fact that he seeks to preserve salient features of mental life, like subjective awareness, is fhe.

Philosophical Essays on Mind and Psychology. I will have more to say about this topic later in this chapter.

Consciousness, Explanatory Inversion and Cognitive Science. The Logic of Functional Explanations. The mind is not “anchored” in the physical, jihn there is no need to explain the mind by way of the physical. Versions of materialism have been dominating the philosophy of mind and much of academic philosophy generally for the bulk of the 20th century and into the 21st, so Searle’s going against the grain here was no way to guarantee popularity with his contemporaries.

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Furthermore, his analogy with H2O and liquidity fails to resolve this issue as well. Charles Cherry rated it liked it Sep 30, Published July 8th by Bradford Book first published When I read the standard authors and swarle to explain their views to my students, I was appalled to discover that with few exceptions these authors routinely denied what I thought were simple and obvious truths about the mind.


Contains a very funny R rated behaviorist joke. The first three chapters contain criticisms of the dominant views in the philosophy of mind. Kripke and his opponents both accept the dualistic vocabulary with its opposi-tion between “mental ” and “physical,” which I reject.

Sign in Create an account. More than anything else, he argues, it is the neglect of consciousness that results in so much barrenness and sterility in psychology, the philosophy of mind, tje cognitive science: Dretske Limited preview – A New Discovery of the Mind?: The First FrontierTheory and Psychology tge following: All around, though, it is a great text and should be strongly recommended to those interested in contemporary philosophy of mind, as it does a pretty good job of dealing with the groundwork and addressing most of the problems thoroughly, albeit with considerable bias.

If, on the other hand, they really do not have any pains, then they are quite different from us and their situation is of no relevance to the reality of our mental phenomena. The Natural Origins of Content. One of the hardest-and most important-tasks of philoso-phy is to make clear the distinction between those features of. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. Please try again later. Howard Gardner, in his comprehensive summary of cognitive sciencedoes not include a single chapter – indeed not a single index entry – on consciousness.

If that amounts to having your cake and eating it too, let’s eat. The Rediscovery of the Mind. He constantly refers to consciousness as a biological process of the brain with a first-person ontology. To distinguish this view from the many others in the field, I call it ‘biological naturalism. Selected pages Title Page. The Mystery of Materialism. Notice that we have no other example of objective-to-subjective causation to refer to.

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I hohn this talk of “C-fibers” with some embarrassment because the entire discussion is misinformed. It requires much more focused attention than the Reith lectures.

He reminds me of Aristotle and therefore he reminds me once again of the fact that my mind is nothing like the minds that I am most impressed by. If I am right about that, then why should I nevertheless agree with Searle that the brain, under the same aspects, can literally satisfy both subjective and objective?

The Rediscovery of the Mind (Representation and Mind)

He observes that it is a mistake to suppose that the ontology of the mental is objective and to suppose that the methodology of a science of the mind must concern itself only with objectively observable behavior; that it is also a mistake to suppose that we know of the existence of mental phenomena in others only by observing their behavior; that behavior or causal relations to behavior are not essential to the existence of mental phenomena; and that it is inconsistent with what we know about the universe and our place in it to suppose that everything is knowable by us.

Return to Book Page. He concludes with a criticism of cognitive science and a proposal rediscovdry an approach to studying the mind that emphasizes the centrality of consciousness to any account of mental functioning.