John Searle and Pierre Bourdieu: Divergent perspectives on intentionality and social ontology [Book Review]
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Human Studies 26 (1):67-96 (2003)
Despite Searle''s claim of theoretical proximity between his concept of the Background and Bourdieu''s concept of the habitus, there is at least one substantial difference in the respective ways in which these concepts have been elaborated: the Background is conceived as a nonintentional neurophysiological reality whereas the habitus is fully intentional, or rather constitutes a nonrepresentational level of intentionality completely overlooked from Searle''s standpoint. Moreover, each concept implicates a distinct perspective on social reality: the former suggests that significance is superimposed yet essentially external to this reality; the latter indicates that significance is immanent. I elaborate on the comparison between the two concepts/perspectives from different angles in order to highlight the existing differences as well as explore possible underlying affinities, which depend upon reconsidering the conventional understanding of intentionality as an exclusive attribute of mental phenomena. I show that Searle''s analysis of the Background is inundated with indications of the undeniably intentional character of something he attempts to define as a nonintentional reality. Finally, I discuss the connection between the immanence of significance in Bourdieu''s account of social reality and the conflict-centered orientation of this account. This dimension is noticeably absent from Searle''s theorizing of the social.
|Keywords||Philosophy Philosophy Modern Philosophy Philosophy of the Social Sciences Political Philosophy Sociolinguistics|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
John R. Searle (1983). Intentionality: An Essay in the Philosophy of Mind. Cambridge University Press.
Bruno Latour (1993). We Have Never Been Modern. Harvard University Press.
Pierre Bourdieu (1992). The Logic of Practice. Inquiry 35:447.
Pierre Bourdieu (1981). Outline of a Theory of Practice. Human Studies 4 (3):273-278.
Citations of this work BETA
Osmo Kivinen & Tero Piiroinen (2007). Sociologizing Metaphysics and Mind: A Pragmatist Point of View on the Methodology of the Social Sciences. [REVIEW] Human Studies 30 (2):97 - 114.
Iordanis Marcoulatos (2003). The Secret Life of Things: Rethinking Social Ontology. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 33 (3):245–278.
Similar books and articles
John Hund (1998). Review Symposium on Searle : II. Searle's the Construction of Social Reality. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 28 (1):122-131.
Matthew Ratcliffe (2004). Realism, Biologism and 'the Background'. Philosophical Explorations 7 (2):149 – 166.
Michael Corsten (1998). Review Symposium on Searle : John Searle, the Construction of Social Reality. Free Press, New York, 1995. Pp. 241. $25. I. Between Constructivism and Realism—Searle's Theory of the Construction of Social Reality. [REVIEW] Philosophy of the Social Sciences 28 (1):102-121.
Jack J. Vromen (2003). Collective Intentionality, Evolutionary Biology and Social Reality. Philosophical Explorations 6 (3):251-265.
Christian Beyer (1997). Hussearle's Representationalism and the “Hypothesis of the Background”. Synthese 112 (3):323-352.
Jan G. Michel, Dirk Franken & Attila Karakus (eds.) (2010). John R. Searle: Thinking About the Real World. Ontos/de Gruyter.
N. Fotion (2000). John Searle. Princeton University Press.
Anthonie W. M. Meijers (2000). Mental Causation and Searle's Impossible Conception of Unconscious Intentionality. International Journal of Philosophical Studies 8 (2):155-170.
Chris Fraser (2008). Wc-Wtl, the Background, and Intentionality. In Bo Mou (ed.), Searle's Philosophy and Chinese Philosophy: Constructive Engagement. Brill 27--63.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads45 ( #89,043 of 1,790,219 )
Recent downloads (6 months)3 ( #266,358 of 1,790,219 )
How can I increase my downloads?