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Making the Social World: The Structure of Human Civilization

John Searle


The book offers a profound understanding of how we create a social reality—a reality of money, property, governments, marriages, stock markets and cocktail parties. The paradox addressed is that these facts only exist because we think they exist and yet they have an objective existence. Continuing a line of investigation begun in his earlier book The Construction of Social Reality, the author identifies the precise role of language in the creation of all “institutional facts.” His aim is to show how mind, language and civilization are natural products of the basic facts of the physical world d ... More

Keywords: social reality, objective existence, human social institutions, human actions, human civilization, human rationality, freedom of will, universal human rights, political power

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195396171
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195396171.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Searle, author
University of California, Berkeley