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John Searle

This entry from the Philosophy of Mind provides background information about John Searle and his theory of speech acts.

Is the Brain a Digital Computer?

This was the title for an address by John Searle to the APA. You can read the remarks of his address in which he discusses the brain, mind and whether the operations of the brain can be simulated on a computer. These are questions at the heart of Searle's concept of the "Chinese Room."

John R. Searle's "Chinese Room"

This is a book review that summarizes and explains Searle's concept of the "Chinese Room." It was originally published in Scientific American in 1990.

Towards a History of Speech Act Theory

This is an essay by Professor Barry Smith from the University of Buffalo. It explains speech act theory in terms of its philosophical assumptions.



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