John Searle


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John Rogers Searle (born July 31, 1932) is an American philosopher and currently the Slusser Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. Widely noted for his contributions to the philosophy of language, philosophy of mind and social philosophy, he began teaching at Berkeley in 1959. He received the Jean Nicod Prize in 2000 and the National Humanities Medal in 2004. Among his... more »

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  • ''The ascription of an unconscious intentional phenomenon to a system implies that the phenomenon is in principle accessible to consciousness.''
    John Searle (b. 1932), U.S. professor of philosophy (Berkeley). "Consciousness, Explanatory Inversion, and Cognitive Science," The Behavioral and Brai...
  • ''The problem posed by indirect speech acts is the problem of how it is possible for the speaker to say one thing and mean that but also to mean something else.''
    John Searle (b. 1932), U.S. philosopher. Expression and Meaning, p. 31, Cambridge University Press (1979).
  • ''Where questions of style and exposition are concerned I try to follow a simple maxim: if you can't say it clearly you don't understand it yourself.''
    John Searle (b. 1932), U.S. philosopher. Intentionality, p. x, Cambridge University Press (1983).
  • ''An utterance can have Intentionality, just as a belief has Intentionality, but whereas the Intentionality of the belief is intrinsic the Intentionality of the utterance is derived.''
    John Searle (b. 1932), U.S. professor of philosophy (University of California at Berkeley). Intentionality: An Essay in the Philosophy of Mind, p. 27,...
  • ''The Intentionality of the mind not only creates the possibility of meaning, but limits its forms.''
    John Searle (b. 1932), U.S. professor of philosophy (University of California at Berkeley). Intentionality: An Essay in the Philosophy of Mind, p. 166...
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