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Searle’s Reith Lectures - Part III

  • May 25, 2012 · 6:00 PM
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Boston Philosophy of Mind Meetup

2012 Spring Schedule

John Searle’s Reith Lectures

Subject: Lectures 4 & 5

Date: May 25

Time: 6 pm

Where: Black Sheep restaurant, Cambridge, MA

This spring we are discussing Searle's Reith Lectures. Each lecture is self-contained so we can discuss them separately.

We will meet at 6 pm at the Black Sheep restaurant in Cambridge. The Black Sheep is located in the Kendall Hotel, which is a few hundred feet from the Kendall T-stop. I have reserved a semi-private dinning area in the back called the Engine room.

March 23 Lecture 1 (Chapter one)

April 20 Lectures 2 & 3 (Chapters two & three)

May 25 Lectures 4 & 5 (Chapters four & five)

The lectures are available in book form: “Minds, Brains and Science”, Harvard Univ. Press (1984). The copy I have is the 13th printing and was printed in 2003. The lectures are also available on the BBC web site. You can listen to the sound recording of the lectures or you can download a PDF version.

Each lecture is self-contained. You do not have to attend all three meetings to enjoy the benefit of the discussions.

In his introduction to his book, Searle says the main theme of the lectures is “the question of how we reconcile a certain traditional mentalistic conception that we have of ourselves with an apparently inconsistent conception of the universe as a purely physical system . . .” That is, how do we reconcile our de facto dualism? This is not new, but I think it remains a prevailing theme in the 21st century.

Meeting Agenda

1. Introductions – round robin style

2. Order dinner

3. Host presents an overview of the reading material

4. Dinner

5. Guests give their thoughts on the reading material – round robin style*

6. General discussion*

*Attendees are free to participate as much or as little as they wish.

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