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Sunday Book Group

  • Feb 10, 2013 · 2:00 PM

Sunday Book Group is currently full - please advise if you would like to be added to the waiting list, or for help in setting up another group.

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  • Brian B

    Good start to the new book. Thanks for interesting discussion.

    February 11, 2013

  • Larry Y.

    Looking forward to this

    February 10, 2013

  • Kim Book recommendations by Searle

    February 4, 2013

  • Kim Language and Social Ontology: Animals have forms of social organization and communication but they do not have money, property, government, and marriage. Why not? Human institutional facts are created and maintained by a specific type of linguistic representation that I call a "status function declaration." This operation can be performed over and over again on a wide range of subjects. It creates and maintains systems of deontic power: rights, duties, obligations and empowerments of various kinds. These provide the glue that hold human society together. They do that by providing humans with desire independent reasons for action, that is, reasons for doing things that are independent of their immediate inclinations.

    February 3, 2013

  • Kim

    February 3, 2013

  • Kim Philosophy Talk: John Searle joins the discussion and proposes that social realities exist precisely because we represent them as existing, both in our minds and through the use of speech acts. In Searle’s view, whenever there is a structured procedure with a set of standard expectations—from sessions of Congress to fraternity parties—there is the potential for creating a social reality. Ken questions the necessity of language in this process, wondering if other animals might possess cruder forms of social realities through common mental representations. Searle stresses that our abilities to assign functions to objects and to obey conventions that go against our immediate inclinations seem to separate us from other animals. These human capacities allow us to delegate powers, duties, and rights to individuals or institutions, giving our mental representations practical groundings in the social sphere.

    February 3, 2013

  • Kim Jan/Feb 2013 issue interview with John Searle

    February 3, 2013

  • Kim

    February 3, 2013

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