Philosophy of Society: John R. Searle

How does human society differ from that of other social animals? How is it possible that there can be an objective reality of such things as money, property, government, marriage, and universities, even though such things exist only because we believe they exist? What is the role of language in constituting human reality, and what is language anyhow? These and other related questions are addressed by Prof. John R. Searle as part of his course in the philosophy of society.  The lectures, here, are part of his course at UC Berkeley.  They were recorded during the fall semester of 2010.. The course deals with the foundations of the social sciences and the differences between social science explanations and natural science explanations. They cover a large number of topics such as these: Why is the nation state such a powerful form of social organization? Why did socialism fail? Are there human rights, and if so what are they and where do they come from?

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