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John Searle at the University of Cologne

American Philosopher accepts Albertus Magnus Professorship 2013

University of Cologne

John Searle is one of the most important philosophers of language of our time. As Albertus Magnus Professor, he will be holding lectures and a seminar on the themes of "Language and Social Ontology", "Mind and Brain" as well as "Perception and Intentionality" from 6th till 8th May, 2013 at the University of Cologne.

John Searle is the ninth personality of international repute to accept the Albertus Magnus Professorship established in 2005. With this invitation, the University of Cologne is also honouring the memory of the medieval polymath Albertus Magnus (1193 - 1280), one of the intellectual fathers of the University of Cologne (founded in 1388), who oversaw the general studies of the Dominican Order. Professors who deal with questions of general importance relevant not only for fundamental science but also for current public debate in their research are invited to chair the Albertus Magnus Professorship.

John Searle, who was born in Denver, Colorado in 1932, has been Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley since 1959. Since the publication of his major work Speech Acts in 1969, he has been regarded as one of the most important scholars of the philosophy of language. His early approaches to language theory in particular were ground-breaking for pragmatics. Searle's other research foci pertain to questions from the area of the philosophy of the mind and social philosophy. His countless publications present prominent contributions to the most important contemporary debates. Searle has received many honours including the Jean Nicod Prize (2000), the National Humanities Medal (2004), the Mind and Brain Prize (2006) and the Puffendorf Medal (2006).


The two lectures taking place on the 6th and 8th of May are open to all interested parties. Registration at is required for the seminar taking place on 7th May

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