The Construction of Social Reality

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The Construction of Social Reality John Searle :
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The “Metaphysical Burden” of Social Reality Certain Kinds of “Things” Exist Only Because We Believe Them to Exist
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Searle Will Show How “Culture” Is Constructed out of “Nature” Some Features of the World Are Dependent Upon Us for Their Existence
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The Subjective-Objective Distinction Epistemically , “Subjective” and “Objective” are Predicates of Judgments
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Ontologically, “Subjective” and “Objective” Are Modes of Existence Subjectively Existing Entities Depend on Subjects for Their Existence; Objectively Existing Entities Do Not
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Intrinsic Features: Wood – cellulose fibers Metal – metal alloy molecules Observer-Relative: Being a Screwdriver
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Being “A Screwdriver”: Epistemically Objective Ontologically Subjective
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Treating it as a Screwdriver is Intrinsic to the User Its Mass and Chemical Composition Are Intrinsic to the Object
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Notice that in 1b and 3b the observer- relative statement is epistemically objective; in 2b it is subjective.
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We Collectively Share: An Ontologically Subjective
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