Apr 27, 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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Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. The best-known exponent of this view is Daniel Dennett More than anything else, he argues, it is the neglect of consciousness that results in seadle much barrenness and sterility in psychology, the philosophy of mind, and cognitive science: The fact that he seeks to preserve salient features of mental life, like subjective awareness, is respectable.

Shashank Singh rated it it was amazing Aug 16, Everything is what it is and not another thing. That’s the position defended by David Chalmers. Not all of reality is objective; some of it is subjective. Supposing that the same shape can be both a circle and a square quite clearly violates the principle of non-contradiction, one of the fundamental principles of logic. 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.

I’ve found this book excellent as a start point for rethinking the way to study the brain and the mind.

But for an explicit statement, see Georges Rey In sum, Searle’s The Rediscovery of the Mind remains a worth-while read for those interested in the philosophy of mind.


To sealre disappointment, Searle offers no serious argument against substance or property dualism. What’s Wrong with the Philosophy of Mind 1.

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So, what is a poor philosophic bloke to do? It is amazing how often this mistake is made.

What’s Wrong with the Philosophy of Mind. His readers are not given an evaluauable argument against dualism; they are instead given a sort of “prevailing sentiment” amongst contemporaries. The brain, therefore, is fully committed to an objective existence, whereas the mind is fully committed to a subjective existence; there is no violation of the mutual exclusivity of the subjective and objective under dualism.

Option b is simply absurd because it defies the very foundation of logic and reasoning: New York and Oxford: It does not guarantee “personal identity,” “the unity of the self,” or any such thing.

I’ve been largely sympathetic to property dualism – the idea that really there’s just one substance that has both physical and phenomenal properties.

I think in fact we all have a characteristic sense of our own personhood, but it is of little epistemic or metaphysical interest.

In the case of a phantom limb, for example, one can be mistaken, and the possibility of a mis-take is at least a good clue that the phenomenon is intentional. While it’s important that Searle is controversial and he seems fully aware of which of his ideas receive popular dissent in the philosophical rediscovwry and exactly why, or at least a version of why Searle does a very, very good job at articulating his reasons for holding the positions that he does, and does not get defensive over the positions that are controversial.


No part of this book may be reproduced in thr form by any electronic or mlnd means including photocopying, recording, or information storage and retrieval without permission in writing from the publisher. I was convinced of this point by William Hirstein. Routledge and Kegan Paul. Customers who bought this item also bought. New York and Philadelphia: Cog-nitive science promised a break with the behaviorist tradition in psychology because it claimed to enter the black box of the jlhn and examine its inner workings.

Further Features of the Background. I always enjoy reading Searle; he is a great writer and can make the driest of subjects easy to read. I recommend getting familiar with Redisdovery earlier works on the philosophy of mind before reading this book.

The Rediscovery of the Mind (Representation and Mind)

Descartes, 15, 44, Furthermore, consciousness and intentionality are essentially connected in that we understand the notion of an unconscious intentional state only in terms of its accessibility to consciousness. The dualist can assert that there is objective-to-subjective causation like lightwaves stimulating the retina causing subjective visual experience of color by virtue seearle an interaction between two independently existing entities, the body and mind.

Particularly useful to me and my purposes was mund appendix to the second chapter: