Noted philosopher John Searle to speak on campus

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John Searle, one of the most influential living philosophers in the United States, will come to Union Wednesday, May 16 and Thursday, May 17 for several events.


Searle will participate in a roundtable discussion with faculty at 12:50 p.m. Wednesday in Everest Lounge. On Thursday, he will give a public lecture, “Language and Social Reality,” 4:30 p.m. in Memorial Chapel.

Searle, the Willis S. and Marion Slusser Professor of the Philosophy of Mind and Language at the University of California at Berkeley, has been a faculty member at Berkeley since 1959. His work has been translated into many languages and anthologized in hundreds of volumes. He is the author of innumerable essays and books, including “The Construction of Social Reality,” published in 1995. He is also the winner of the National Humanities Medal, the Jean Nicod Prize in France, the Jovellanos Prize in Spain and many others. His work has also appeared in The New York Review of Books and The Times Literary Supplement.

For more information, contact the Philosophy Department at (518) 388-6376. Those interested in attending the events in Everest Lounge and Hale House should RSVP to the department office.