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The Construction of Social Reality

John Searle, one of the best known philosophers in the world, is internationally recognized as a leading figure in the philosophy of mind and language. Though his early fame came out of the development of his speech-act theory of language, he has since branched out to many and varied disciplines.

The wide range of Searle's scholarship has spanned the fields of psychology, linguistics, philosophy, and literary theory. Searle has reinvigorated the mind-body discussion by merging traditional philosophical questions with the newer findings of neuroscience. His Chinese Room argument has been one of the most hotly debated examples in cognitive science and artificial intelligence discussions.

John Searle is the Mills Professor of the Philosophy of Mind and Language at the University of California, Berkeley, where he has taught since 1959. His many honors and awards include a Rhodes scholarship and a Guggenheim fellowship. In 1984 he became the first philosopher since Bertrand Russell to deliver the BBC's Reith Lecture.

Searle has authored many books including Speech Acts (1969), Expression and Meaning (1979), Mind, Brains, and Science (1984), and The Rediscovery of Mind (1992).

John Searle's appearance at the Athenaeum is second in the Phi Beta Kappa and Gould Center Lecture Series on Questions of Civilization.