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John Searle has made profoundly influential contributions to three areas of philosophy: philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, and philosophy of society. This volume gathers together in accessible form a selection of his essays in these areas, and will be valuable for all who are interested in Searle's work.

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John Searle is Slusser Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. His most recent publications include Mind: A Brief Introduction (2004), Consciousness and Language (2002) and Rationality in Action (2001, 2003).
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  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (December 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521731585
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521731584
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #604,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sharon A. Mcclenahan on May 30, 2009
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Anything written by Searle is bound to impress. His writing is clear, concise and unsympathetically-straight to the point. He is confident in his answers and usually leaves nothing looming in the wings. If you get the chance to visit Berkeley you can attend any of his lectures. They are absolutely astonishing. He is truly alive and excited about what he is doing. Lots of energy, which accounts for his cronic skiing obsession (30 days out of the year). Read everything he writes. I would also recommend, "Mind." You will love it. Those of you who are familiar with the mind-body problem: you will never find such a great resolve as the conclusions found in this text. Niether materialism or Dualism. A wonderful synthesis. He is the Immauel Kant of our generation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Reader on March 17, 2012
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Published in 2008 by Cambridge University Press `Philosophy in a New Century' is a collection of ten essays by John Searle. For those unfamiliar with the author, Searle is a leading contemporary philosopher, a thinker who has made noteworthy contributions in the philosophy of language, the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of society.

Overall this is an excellent collection. The essays are representative of the Searle's work and the quality of writing is characteristically clear and concise. That said, given that all but one of these essays has been previously published prospective readers are advised to check the on-line table of contents prior to purchase.

On a personal note I am a big fan of Searle, and while I disagree with some of his presuppositions his work is extremely readable, rigorous and thought provoking. With regard to the target audience for this book; while some prior familiarity with the subject matter is likely to enhance the reader's enjoyment, Searle provides a relatively accessible entry point into modern analytic philosophy for the non-expert reader. Folks interested in gaining further insight into the subjects discussed in this book may wish to audit some of Searle's course available for free through itunes/UC Berkley.

In summary this is an excellent collection. I highly recommend it for fans of Searle and students interested in the philosophy of mind, the philosophy of society and the philosophy of language.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By michael on September 29, 2013
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Before commenting in detail on Philosophy in a New Century (PNC) I will first offer some comments on philosophy (descriptive psychology) and its relationship to contemporary psychological research as exemplified in the works of Searle (S) and Wittgenstein (W), since I feel that this is the best way to place Searle or any commentator on behavior, in proper perspective.
To say that Searle has carried on W's work is not to say that it is a direct result of W study, but rather that because there is only ONE human psychology (for the same reason there is only ONE human cardiology), that anyone accurately describing behavior must be voicing some variant or extension of what W said (as they must if they are both giving correct descriptions of behavior). I find most of S foreshadowed in W, including versions of the famous Chinese room argument against Strong AI and related issues which are the subjects of Chaps 3-5. Incidentally, if the Chinese Room interests you then you should read Victor Rodych's xlnt ,but virtually unknown, supplement on the CR--"Searle Freed of Every Flaw."
S makes no reference to W's prescient statement of mind as mechanism in TLP, and his destruction of it in his later work. Since W, S has become the principal deconstructor of these mechanical views of behavior, and the most important descriptive psychologist (philosopher), but does not realize how completely W anticipated him nor, by and large, do others (but see the many papers and books of Proudfoot and Copeland on W, Turing and AI). S's work is vastly easier to follow than W's, and though there is some jargon, it is mostly spectacularly clear if you approach it from the right direction. See my reviews of W and other books for more details.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W. Pringle on April 29, 2015
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A wonderful collection of essays by one of the great American philosophers. Simply important!
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