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John Searle's Profile

Brief about John Searle: By info that we know John Searle was born at 1932-12-01. And also John Searle is American Philosopher.

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Whatever is referred to must exist. Let us call this the axiom of existence.

Tags: Call, Existence, Whatever

I will argue that in the literal sense the programmed computer understands what the car and the adding machine understand, namely, exactly nothing.

Tags: Car, Sense, Understand

In many cases it is a matter for decision and not a simple matter of fact whether x understands y; and so on.

Tags: Decision, Matter, Simple

My car and my adding machine understand nothing: they are not in that line of business.

Tags: Business, Car, Understand

Where conscious subjectivity is concerned, there is no distinction between the observation and the thing observed.

Tags: Between, Concerned, Conscious

Where questions of style and exposition are concerned I try to follow a simple maxim: if you can't say it clearly you don't understand it yourself.

Tags: Simple, Understand, Yourself

An utterance can have Intentionality, just as a belief has Intentionality, but whereas the Intentionality of the belief is intrinsic the Intentionality of the utterance is derived.

Tags: Belief, Derived, Intrinsic

Berkeley had a liberal element in the student body who tended to be quite active. I think that's in general a feature of intellectually active places.

Tags: Body, Quite, Student

I want to block some common misunderstandings about 'understanding': In many of these discussions one finds a lot of fancy footwork about the word 'understanding.'

Tags: Common, Fancy, Word

Our tools are extensions of our purposes, and so we find it natural to make metaphorical attributions of intentionality to them; but I take it no philosophical ice is cut by such examples.

Tags: Cut, Ice, Natural

There are clear cases in which 'understanding' literally applies and clear cases in which it does not apply; and these two sorts of cases are all I need for this argument.

Tags: Apply, Argument, Clear

We often attribute 'understanding' and other cognitive predicates by metaphor and analogy to cars, adding machines, and other artifacts, but nothing is proved by such attributions.

Tags: Car, Cars, Often
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