Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement

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The Explanation of Cognition

John R. Searle

What sorts of systematic explanations should we and can we seek in cognitive science for perception, language comprehension, rational action and other forms of cognition? In broad outline I think the answer is reasonably clear: We are looking for causal explanations, and our subject matter is certain functions of a biological organ, the human and animal brain.

John R. Searle is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley