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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The dualist can assert that there is objective-to-subjective causation like lightwaves stimulating the retina causing subjective visual experience of color by virtue of an interaction between two independently existing entities, the body and mind.

The Logic of Functional Explanations. Regardless imnd the merits or demerits of materialism, it is out of the question for purely neurophysiological reasons that C-fibers should be the locus of pain sensations. The mind is not “anchored” in the physical, so there is no need to explain the mind by way of the physical.

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The main reason I find them unconvincing is common to both claims, and my reason is this: The Rediscovery of the Mind Representation and Mind. Searle, though, steadfastly rejects dualism. Unpublished “Skepticism about Rules and Intentionality. How do we account for its apparent irreducibility according to the stan-dard patterns of scientific reduction chapter 5? Ramsey sentence, 41, He can either a accept that some concepts are mutually exclusive like circles and squares but reject that subjective and objective are mutually exclusive, or b reject that any two concepts are ever mutually exclusive, including circles and squares.

Equally necessary, it is not identical with any other features of my brain, though it is caused by certain lower-level events in my brain. And there in lies the problem, I think.

The physical body, according to dualism, exists “on its own” without any dependence on the mind; likewise, according to dualism, the mind exists “on its own” without any dependence redidcovery the body.

All these “isms” are mistaken, he insists.

Or at least they are investigating tbe preliminaries of such questions. Biological naturalism is certainly as good This book accomplished what not many philosophical books have accomplished: It is a mistake to suppose that we know of the existence of mental phenomena in others only by observing their behavior. With respect to 1Searle clearly holds that the brain produces consciousness. Beginning with a spirited discussion of what’s wrong with the philosophy of mind, Searle characterizes and refutes the philosophical tradition of materialism.


Analogously, there’s nothing rwdiscovery or mutually exclusive about taking a bunch of circular discs say, drink coasters and arranging them into a square-like shape on a table. In his characteristically direct style, punctuated with persuasive examples, Searle identifies the very terminology of the field as the main source of truth.

In Searle’s words, rediscovegy is what he wishes to assert about the mind: Searle makes for a great critic, even if his own attempt at a theory is frustrating, as it postulates that phenomenal consciousness is not accessible in wany way that can be processed by third person, objective methods.

I recommend reading this book in order to start studying the amazing and interesting world of the mind and it also allowed me to research other books related to areas covered by Searle and shed more light in a yet young science and philosophy of the brain and mind. Both consciousness and intentionality are biologi-cal processes caused by lower-level neuronal processes in the brain, and neither is reducible to something else.

Searle’s criticisms of prevailing materialist models of mind are well-executed and informative. A Swing and a Miss.

Similarly, subjective mental states are not, on Searle’s view, wholly distinct or separable from the relevant brain molecules. I’ve been largely sympathetic to property dualism – the idea that really there’s just one substance that has both physical and phenomenal properties. The dualist, quite clearly, is at no risk of asserting that the subjective and objective coexist simultaneously within the same entity, for the dualist places the objective within the physical brain and the subjective within the non-physical mind.

RYAN rated it it was amazing May 30, There is no dualism implicit in my use of this contrast. Pylyshyn comes very close to conceding precisely this point when he writes, “The answer to the question what computation is being performed requires discussion of semantically interpreted computational states”p.

In this book I have more to say about the opinions of other writers than in any of my other books-maybe more than all of them put together. For these purposes I am contrasting “neurophysiological” and “mental,” but of course on the view of mind-body relations that I have been expounding throughout this book, the mental is neurophysiological at a higher level.

This view is announced and defended in a large number of books and arti-cles many of which appear to have more or less the same title, e.


He would say that my inability to merge these two terms together is a product of my inheriting a traditional vocabulary or set of conceptual categories from the last several hundred years of philosophical thought that is almost certainly false. I find both Searle’s claims 1 and 2 to be unconvincing.

Cambridge University Press, A fourth and final guideline is that we need to redis-cover the social character of the mind. Mental events are themselves features of the brain, “like liquidity is a feature of water. If you keep asking yourself this question in the light of the knowledge that the brain is the only thing in there, and the brain causes consciousness, I believe you will come up with the results I have reached in this chapter, and indeed many of the results I have come up with in this book.

The Rediscovery of the Mind (Representation and Mind)

His own view, biological naturalism, strikes me as an attempt to merge the spirits of materialism and dualism together while denying that this creates any conceptual problems.

Beginning with a spirited discussion of what’s wrong with the philosophy of mind, Searle characterizes and refutes the philosophical tradition of materialism. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Placefor example, writes: If, on the other hand, they really do not have any pains, then they are quite different from us and their situation is of no relevance to the reality of our mental phenomena. I con-trast mental and neurophysiological as one might contrast humans and animals without thereby implying that the first class is not included in the second.

Review of Searle, The Rediscovery of the Mind

Conceptually, they are wholly distinct from one another, just as circles and squares are wholly distinct. In four chapters that constitute the heart of his argument, Searle elaborates a theory of consciousness and its relation to our overall scientific world view and to unconscious mental phenomena.

Something objective must possess the resources to bring something subjective into existence. M, and Churchland, P. In this review, I’ll argue that Searle’s criticisms of popular forms of materialism are persuasive, that his criticisms of dualism are thinly developed, and seagle his own proposal–biological naturalism–is conceptually flawed. Could There Be Unconscious Pains?