Searle on Consciousness

Ronald K. Hoeflin

Editor's note: I completed 1600 sections for my book, The Structure of Philosophy: A Theory of Cateqories, including 1500 examples and a 100-section introduction, but then decided the result would fill 4 volumes of 800 pages apiece. So I selected the best 25 examples at each category level, i.e., 25 2-category examples, 25 3-category examples, 25 4-category examples, etc., up to 25 12-category examples, plus a 13th chapter on compound and complex structures, the first chapter being the introduction, which also was reduced to 25 sections. I will start typing the book up from my hand printed version after I mail out this issue of Noesis. I think the 300 examples plus 25-section introduction should fill a single 800-page volume. The example on the following pages is an analysis of John R. Searle's categories which he considers sufficient for the philosophical analysis of consciousness. Other sets of categories have been proposed for a very wide range, of other topics such as time, space, mind, matter, etc. The labels I use would be analogous to the directional labels N, S, E, W, NW, NE, SW, and SE, which are applicable in any city or other geographical area one happens to be examining, each city having its own unique street names and so forth yet still having these eight basic directions in terms of which those streets can be sorted out. In philosophy the basic eight are supplemented by the "spokes" of the loop, DG and AQ, as well as the "glue" and "solvent" categories, which I label DAGQD and not-DAGQD, respectively. The other eight categories are not entirely equivalent to the eight basic directions but are merely analogous to them.

[This is followed, in the printed issue, by nine pages of hand-printed material which has not, at this time, been converted to electronic form.]