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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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Biological naturalism is certainly as good This book accomplished what redisocvery many philosophical books have accomplished: One of the themes that runs throughout this book is the attempt to get clear about which of the predicates in the philos-ophy of mind name features that are intrinsic and which observer relative.

Pages with related products. 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 mins 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.

Redisclvery the course of these discussions I try to over-come various Cartesian shibboleths tye as property dualism, introspectionism, and incorrigibility, but the main effort in these chapters is not critical.

And I want to make some proposals for jind our study of mental phenomena in a way that would hhe the hope of rediscovering the mind. This expression is due to Edelman It is an interesting fact that in three recent books all of which contain the word “consciousness” in their titles – Paul Churchland’s Matter and Conscious-nessRay Jackendoff’s Consciousness and the Computational Mindand William Lycan’s Consciousness – there is little or no effort to give any account of or theory of consciousness.

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The Rediscovery of the Mind (Representation and Mind)

These, however, are only a few of the many who helped me so much. Elimativist materialism the view that consciousness can be reduced to brain states is untenable because we all know that consciousness is quite real. I do not know the origin of this phrase, but it is probably derived from Ogden and Richards’s characterization of Watson as “affecting general anaesthesia”p. Jonathan Waxman rated it it was amazing Jun 20, Hume, by the way, thought that there couldn’t be any such feeling, because if there were, it would have to do a lot of epistemic and metaphysical work that no mere feeling could do.


The bankruptcy of the Cartesian tradition, and the absurdity of supposing that there are two kinds of substances or properties in the world, ‘mental’ and ‘physical,’ is so threatening to us and has such a sordid history that we are reluctant to concede anything that might smack of Cartesianism” p.

Johm physical body, according to dualism, exists “on its own” without any dependence on the mind; likewise, according to dualism, the mind exists “on its own” without any dependence on the body.

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The Logic of Functional Explanations. The answer is that there are many, many background assumptions that one just has to accept and know to understand just about any sentence of any language — and it is this background that redscovery intensely interesting. This is to say, he thinks that the fundamental particles of the brain protons, neutrons, electrons, etc.

If we all died, it would still have that mass. For example, that an object has a certain mass is an intrinsic feature of the tue. Over and Over For an entity or property to be objective, it must exist in a way that is “observer independent”; that is, its mode of existence permits its properties or features to be known or observed from the “outside” by different observers. Representation and Mind series Paperback: Well, him and Proust.

In short, my whole way of thinking about the problem is flawed at the core. A good example is Richard Rortywho asks thr to imagine a tribe that does not say “I am in pain,” but rather “My C-fibers are being stimulated. As hard as I try to give Searle the benefit of the doubt and make his objective-to-subjective proposal coherent, I simply cannot comprehend how it could be so. Remnants of the Unconscious. Routledge and Kegan Paul. The facts remain the same regardless of how we or they choose to describe them.


Evolutionary Continuity of Mental Experience. H2O never needs to “cross over” from an objective mode of existence to a subjective to acquire the property “liquidity. The Rediscovery of the Mind Representation and Mind.

As a work of philosophy–and of philosophy of mind, particularly–Searle’s superficial opposition to Minf dualism is disappointing. Searle makes for a great critic, even if his own attempt at a theory is frustrating, as it postulates that phenomenal consciousness is not accessible in wany way that can be processed by third person, objective metho IT’s easy to see what this is a seminal work for Searle.

I did not catch a place in the book where he lumps the terms “subjectivity” and “objectivity” into the same criticism as the terms listed above, but I think it is likely that he would apply the same criticism to the terms objective and subjective.

I am even prepared to admit that one of those local newspapers is owned by Rupert Murdoch — well, none of us is perfect. Compare Elliot Sober’s dis-tinction between what is selected and what is selected forch. In four chapters that constitute the heart of his argument, Searle elaborates a theory of consciousness and its relation to our overall scientific world view and to unconscious mental phenomena.

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Consciousness, Intentionality, and the Background Are they still able to know mund to speak German? Science Logic and Mathematics. Review of Searle, the Rediscovery of the Mind.

What’s Wrong with the Philosophy of Mind 1. Two Objections redisdovery the Minr Principle. This passed unnoticed by society at large. This whole research program has been neatly summarized by Gabriel Segal as follows: It’s not spectacular, but it’s the only book I’ve ever read while on and only while on break from a job. His treatment of property and substance dualism, however, is superficial and therefore disappointing. So, what is a poor philosophic bloke to do?

This aspect of pains is intentional, because it has conditions of satisfaction.