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John Searle

John SearleAKA John Rogers Searle

Born: 31-Jul-1932
Birthplace: Denver, CO

Gender: Male
Religion: Atheist
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Philosopher

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Chinese Room Argument, Philosopher of Language

Was president of his class at the University of Wisconsin. Universally ignored in Philosophy of Mind.

According to an interview with, stands by his Chinese Room Argument against "Strong AI" 20 years after.

    University: University of Wisconsin (attended 1949-52)
    University: BA Philosophy, Oxford University (1955)
    University: MA Philosophy, Oxford University (1959)
    University: PhD Philosophy, Oxford University (1959)
    Professor: Philosophy Chair, University of California at Berkeley

    Guggenheim Fellowship (1975-76)
    Rhodes Scholarship
    National Humanities Medal 2004
    American Academy of Arts and Sciences
    American Civil Liberties Union Northern California Board of Directors (1969-72)
    Phi Beta Kappa Society

    Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine (5-Sep-2003) · Himself
    Berkeley in the Sixties (Jan-1990) · Himself

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Author of books:
Speech Acts: An Essay in the Philosophy of Language (1969)
The Campus War (1971)
Expression and Meaning: Studies in the Theory of Speech Acts (1979)
Intentionality: An Essay in the Philosophy of Mind (1983)
Minds, Brains and Science (1984)
The Foundations of Illocutionary Logic: with Daniel Vanderveken (1985)
The Rediscovery of the Mind (1992)
The Construction of Social Reality (1995)
The Mystery of Consciousness (1997)
Mind, Language and Society, Philosophy in the Real World (1998)
Conversations with John Searle (2001)
Consciousness and Language (2002)
Liberte et Neurobiologie (2004)
Mind a Brief Introduction (2004)

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