The Construction of Social Reality

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Penguin Adult, 26. sep. 1996 - 241 síğur

In this fascinating, provocative account, eminent philosopher John Searle shows how our everyday actions and cultural knowledge are of a metaphysical complexity that is truely staggering. He explores the charecter of the structures of our daily work that exist by human agreement and from this, the nature of objective reality. For example, how can it be completely objective fact that coins are money, if something is money only because we belive it is money? And what is the role of language constitutiing such facts?

In examining the difference between what can and what cannot be socially constructed, he also shows how biology, which offers facts that are independant of human opinion and is often seen in opposition to the social sciences, forms the basis of these cultural and consititutional forms.

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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

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John Searle is the Slusser Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. He was awarded the Jean Nicod Prize in 2002 and the National Humanities Medal in 2004.

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