December 15, 1998
Mind, Language and Society is a succinct, easy-to-follow account of a series of absolutely central philosophical problems, a proposal for their solution, and an account of how they relate to each other and to the real world.
In this book, John Searle brings concepts such as reality, truth, consciousness, and society from their abstract perch down to the world we all live in. He takes readers to the conceptual problems associated with basic metaphysics, the biology of mind, the structure of consciousness, the paradox of intentionality, the nature of language, and the structure of the social universe. Condemning the belief that our world is dependent on our perception of it, Searle stresses that there is a real world, and discusses the ways in which philosophy can help us deal with it. In short, he takes questions apart, analyses them, and then places them together to present a “total philosophy.” In Mind, Language and Society, Searle teaches us how to practice philosophy in the real world.
John R. Searle is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading philosophers. He teaches philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley. He has been a visiting professor at many universities, both in the U.S. and abroad.