Minds, Brains, and Science
Minds, Brains and Science takes up just the problems that perplex people, and it does what good philosophy always does: it dispels the illusion caused by the specious collision of truths. How do we reconcile common sense and science? Searle argues vigorously that the truths of common sense and the truths of science are both right and that the only question is how to fit them together.
Searle explains how we can reconcile an intuitive view of ourselves as conscious, free, rational agents with a universe that science tells us consists of mindless physical particles. He briskly and lucidly sets out his arguments against the familiar positions in the philosophy of mind, and details the consequences of his ideas for the mind-body problem, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, questions of action and free will, and the philosophy of the social sciences.
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Review: Minds, Brains and Science (1984 Reith Lectures)User Review - Cliff Hays - Goodreads
This book is worth it for chapter 2 alone, where the author presents his Chinese Room thought-experiment. Read full review
Review: Minds, Brains and Science (1984 Reith Lectures)User Review - Tim Pendry - Goodreads
Although almost thirty years old, Searle's (relatively) easy to read popular classic of analytical philosophy still stands up as a corrective to the exuberant claims of non-philosophers about the ... Read full review
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THE STRUCTURE OF ACTION
PROSPECTS FOR THE SOCIAL
THE FREEDOM OF THE WILL
SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER