Speech Acts, Mind, and Social Reality - these are the main topics in the work of John R. Searle, one of the leading philosophical figures of the present times. How language is based on intentionality, how intentionality in turn is to be explicated by means of distinctions discovered in Speech Act Theory, and how language and intentionality are both related to social facts and institutions - these are questions to be tackled in this volume. The contributions result from discussions on and with John
R. Searle, containing Searle's own latest views - including his seminal ideas on Rationality in Action. The collection provides a good basis for advanced seminar debates in Philosophy of Language,
Philosophy of Mind, and Social Philosophy, and will also stimulate some further research on all of the three main topics.
CONTENTS AND CONTRIBUTORS
Introduction. Speech Acts, Mind, and Social Reality;
J.R. Searle. Interview with John R. Searle; R. Stoecker.Speech
Acts. How Performatives Don't Work; G. Grewendorf. Are Performative
Utterances Declarations? R.M. Harnish. Expressibility, Explicability, and T axonomy. Some Remarks on the Principle of Expressibility;
F.Kannetzky. Expressing an Intentional State; A. Kemmerling. On the
Proper Treatment of Perf ormatives; A. Martinich. Why Do We Mean
Something Rather Than Nothing? C. P lunze. What Is an Illocutionary
Point? M. Siebel. Searle on Meaning and Act ion; D. Vanderveken.
Mind. Understanding Utterances and Other Actions; T. Bartelborth,
O. Scholz. Intrinsic Intentionality; W. Lenzen. Causal Reduction,
Ontological Reduction, and First-Person Ontology. Notes on Searle's
Views about Consciousness ; M. Nida-Rumelin. The Hidden Algebra of the
Mind from a Linguistic Perspective; T. Roeper. Identification and
Misidentification; A. Stroll. Social Reality. Searle on Social
Reality: Process Is Prior to Product; S.B.Barnes. On Searle's
Collective Intentionality. Some Notes; G. Meggle. Searle's Theory of
Institutional Facts: A Program of Critical Revision; J. Moural. True
Reality and Real Truth; D. Sosa. Searle, Collective Intentionality , and Social Institutions; R. Tuomela. New Perspectives. The Classical
Model of Rationality and Its Weaknesses; J. R. Searle. Contributors.