The Construction of Social Reality

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Simon and Schuster, May 11, 2010 - Philosophy - 256 pages
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This short treatise looks at how we construct a social reality from our sense impressions; at how, for example, we construct a ‘five-pound note’ with all that implies in terms of value and social meaning, from the printed piece of paper we see and touch.

In The Construction of Social Reality, eminent philosopher John Searle examines the structure of social reality (or those portions of the world that are facts only by human agreement, such as money, marriage, property, and government), and contrasts it to a brute reality that is independent of human agreement. Searle shows that brute reality provides the indisputable foundation for all social reality, and that social reality, while very real, is maintained by nothing more than custom and habit.
 

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Searle is an analytic philosopher, and he attempts to employ those techniques to explain social institutions. It doesn't really work. His basic intuitions are credible, but he ignores the work done by ... Read full review

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Searle is deeply interested in how we enrich the raw reality of our physical world with complex cultural trappings such as cathedrals and ceremonies, games and government, language and licenses, money ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
Creating Institutional Facts
Language and Social Reality
Iteration
Creation
Attacks on Realisrn
Could There Be
Truth and Correspondence
Conclusion
Name Index
Copyright

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John R. Searle is the Mills Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. Among his books are Speech Acts; Expression and Meaning; The Campus War; Intentionality; The Rediscovery of the Mind; and Minds, Brains and Science, based on his acclaimed series of Reith Lectures.

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