© John Searle and Figure/Ground Communication Dr. Searle was interviewed by Andrew Iliadis on November 19th, 2012 as part of the Figure/Ground scholarly interview series: http://www.figureground.ca/interviews/john-searle/
Professor Searle received his Doctorate at the University of Oxford and he is currently the Slusser Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. His work ranges broadly over philosophical problems of mind and language. Recent books include The Mystery of Consciousness (1997), Mind, Language and Society: Philosophy in the Real World (1998), Rationality in Action (2001), Mind (2004), and Liberté et Neurobiologie (2004). He teaches philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, and philosophy of social science; recent seminars topics include consciousness, free will, and rationality. He received the Jean Nicod Prize in 2000 and the National Humanities Medal in 2004. Among his notable concepts are the “Chinese room” argument against “strong” artificial intelligence.