John Searle Quotes, Sayings, Remarks, Thoughts and Speeches

John Searle Quotes and Sayings

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    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. John Searle | Refcard PDF
  • 2
    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. John Searle | Refcard PDF
  • 3
    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." John Searle | Refcard PDF
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    I will argue that in the literal sense the programmed computer understands what the car and the adding machine understand, namely, exactly nothing. John Searle | Refcard PDF
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    In many cases it is a matter for decision and not a simple matter of fact whether x understands y; and so on. John Searle | Refcard PDF
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    My car and my adding machine understand nothing: they are not in that line of business. John Searle | Refcard PDF
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    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. John Searle | Refcard PDF
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    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. John Searle | Refcard PDF
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    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. John Searle | Refcard PDF
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    Whatever is referred to must exist. Let us call this the axiom of existence. John Searle | Refcard PDF
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    Where conscious subjectivity is concerned, there is no distinction between the observation and the thing observed. John Searle | Refcard PDF
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    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. John Searle | Refcard PDF






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