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JOHN SEARLE

University of California, Berkeley

John Rogers Searle is an American philosopher and currently the Slusser Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Searle is widely noted for his contributions to the philosophy of language, philosophy of mind and social philosophy.

He began teaching at Berkeley in 1959.  Over the years he received numerous awards including the Jean Nicod Prize in 2000; the National Humanities Medal in 2004; and the

Mind & Brain Prize in 2006. Among his notable concepts is the "Chinese room" argument against "strong" artificial intelligence. He began his studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison and in his junior year became a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University where he obtained all his university degrees (BA, MA and D. Phil) He has five honorary doctorate degrees from four different countries and is an honorary visiting professor at Tsing Hua University and East China Normal University.