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Minds, Brains and Science

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ISBN 9780674576339

Publication Date: 01/01/1986

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112 pages


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Wittgenstein once remarked that a philosopher who doesn’t engage in public debate is like a boxer who never enters the ring. By this standard, John Searle is a true prizefighter. In recent years he has taken on Noam Chomsky, the champion of modern linguistics; Jacques Derrida, the heavyweight of post structuralism; and endeavored to deal a knock-out blow to the pretensions of artificial intelligentsia.—Trevor Pateman, The Times Higher Education Supplement

John Searle’s Reith lectures have been widely received as a timely exposé of those woolly-minded computer-lovers who believe that computers can think, and indeed that the human mind is just a biological computer. In print Professor Searle’s lectures retain the same punchy and engaging style as they had on the air.—David Papineau, The Times Literary Supplement

John Searle’s six Reith lectures—brief talks given over the BBC—are popular philosophy in the best sense: clear and lively without loss of rigor, and on problems of wide appeal. Searle proposes answers to three related questions: the relation between mind and brain; whether computers can think (they cannot); and why, compared with the natural sciences, the social sciences have taught us so little. On the second two issues he is brilliant… Searle makes a resounding contribution to current debates.Virginia Quarterly Review

Searle’s six brief chapters are models of straightforward, vigorous, non-technical argument… All of this heady and provocative stuff makes Searle’s book an exciting read.—Stephen P. Stich, Philosophical Review

This book is aggressive, zealous, and acute. Searle’s manner is that of a plain man in possession of plain truths that no one can reject if they are plainly enough stated. I cannot think of another book quite like it.—Arthur Danto

Searle’s book is an admirably clear and vigorous exposition of his views on a connected set of philosophical issues of importance and timeliness.—John Perry

Awards & Accolades

  • John Searle Is a 2004 National Humanities Medal Winner

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